Pest Animal Management 2020

Riverina Local Land Services has Biosecurity Officers across the region that are available to assist and advise landholders to control pest species on their property.

We also sell baits to ratepayers and can advise you on purchasing baits (such as meat, carrots and grain) depending on your needs, and can assist with Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training.

For general information about our role in pest animal management, click here.


Spring - Fox and Wild Dog Bait Collection

Every year Riverina Local Land Services locks in local bait collection points to allow landholders to order and pick up baits at a location convenient to them. Unfortunately we can't work with our normal format due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we have adapted the way land managers can collect baits.

Normal rules apply including you must order baits three days before pick up and notification periods to neighbours are still necessary. Your Biosecurity Officer can discuss this with you.

It's important to note, all land managers have a General Biosecurity Duty under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. This duty requires that anyone who knows or ought to reasonably know about a biosecurity risk has a duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise that risk as far as reasonably practicable. It is important to note, as a land manager you also have biosecurity obligations to your neighbours. Riverina land managers should refer to the Working towards your General Biosecurity guide or speak to your local Biosecurity Officer.

To order baits, contact your closest Biosecurity Officer:

  • Gundagai and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Richard Lloyd (0427 012 739)
  • Griffith and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Ron Kocaj (0427 262 225) or Eliza Bramma
    (0447 531 080)
  • Narrandera and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Reg Eade (0427 455 686) or Isaac Bunge
    (0419 581 649) 
  • Wagga and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Mark Luff (0427 481 819) or Tom Schlunke
    (0447 145 344)
  • Young and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Michael Hayes (0427 201 177) or Tom Hamilton (0427 201 172)
  • Hay and surrounds: Contact Biosecurity Officer Suzie Holbery (0427 592 322) 

Meeting Your General Biosecurity Duty: Vertebrate Pest Animals

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 (GBD). 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 this guide together with Riverina landholders in mind. Inside 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. This 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.

Click here to download Meeting Your General Biosecurity Duty: Vertebrate Pest Animals.


Fox Dog Lotto

Fox Dog Lotto is an annual competition which promotes the extensive pest control landholders carry out and to show the wider community the importance of collaborative pest management.

To enter the competition, email to foxdog.lotto@lls.nsw.gov.au

*More information to come