Pest animal control programs
Aerial wild dog baiting program
After a successful aerial baiting campaign in Autumn, the involved Wild Dog Control Associations are now reviewing the program and identifying areas for improvement. This process involves looking at the reported wild dog activity to find movement patterns and behaviour trends to ensure the mapped flight lines are in the best strategic location. All involved land managers will be reviewing the mapped flight lines on their properties during the summer period, as preparation for the annual autumn program in May 2022.
If you would like to be involved in the program or have experienced wild dog attacks on your property, please contact your local Biosecurity Officer to discuss your options.
Contact your local biosecurity officer for more information on control options for your situation.
Spring ground programs
While the current COVID-19 response keeps human movement restricted, wild dogs and foxes continue to impact livestock and native species. With many reports of wild dog and fox predation across the region in the last couple of months, it is important you continue your strategic pest animal control programs and participate in group programs with your neighbours. This year's spring baiting campaign is being delivered slightly different due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdowns. You can still order your bait products as usual, however, instead of meeting at a bait pick up point, your local Biosecurity Officer will arrange direct pick up or delivery. Phone your local Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299 to place your order.
North West Local Land Services are again offering subsidised fresh meat baits for wild dogs and foxes this spring. Take advantage of this to protect your enterprise.
After all, livestock prices are far too good to risk preventable losses.
Meeting your general biosecurity duty - a guide for North West landholders
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to meeting your biosecurity obligations as a landholder.
You may or may not be aware that under the Biosecurity Act 2015, you must demonstrate that you are meeting your General Biosecurity Duty. That is, that you are taking reasonable steps to prevent, eliminate or minimise biosecurity risks on your property.
But what does this mean when it comes to vertebrate pest animals?
The uniqueness of each property means this is a very complicated topic to sum up, so we have put a guide together with North West landholders in mind. In this guide, you’ll find “farm scenarios” which are based on real data from properties within our region. Each scenario provides background on the property, summarises the current pest control the landholder is carrying out, and identifies some of the challenges they face. We have then included some advice as to how the landholder could further improve their pest control practices.
The guide is merely a starting point for you as a landholder to consider whether or not you are meeting your General Biosecurity Duty. We hope it sheds some light on what can be a difficult topic to decipher, and inspires you to contact your closest Local Land Services to discuss your individual situation.
In the same way that you may visit an accountant for tailored advice, we encourage you to get in touch with us so our team of Biosecurity Officers can assist you to understand what your role is and how you can ensure you’re meeting your obligations under the legislation.
Download the guide here.
Contact your local biosecurity officer
To find out more about your pest animal control options, contact your North West Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer:
0428 299 177
0427 291 883
0427 293 892
0428 432 308
0448 617 182
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