Land managers got lowdown on pest management

Nov 16, 2012 | ,

Whitsunday land managers attended an information session on wild dog and feral pig control last week.

Regional Landcare Facilitator, Christine Peterson, said that pest animals such as wild dogs and feral pigs cause an estimated $720m impact annually state-wide. Control is a necessary and often expensive part of most agricultural enterprises.

Mr Duncan Swan, Principal Biosecurity Officer from Biosecurity Queensland, was available on the day to give a presentation and answer specific questions from land managers.

One of the key messages of the session was that control methods need to match the problem at hand. Options include trapping, shooting, baiting, fencing, and increasingly in some areas or for some stock types, using guardian animals.  Land managers often need to use more than one control method.

In terms of baiting, Mr Swan said that while the use of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) and strychnine are coordinated by Biosecurity Queensland and local government on-ground, they are actually administered by Queensland Health under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996. Very stringent guidelines are in place to ensure their safe use.

During discussion between graziers, local government officers and Mr Swan, it became clear that local government pest officers, across the state, provide a great deal of support to land managers participating in baiting events, assisting with both technical advice at odd hours of the day and with the vital process of notifying neighbours of planned baiting campaigns.

Land managers with pest animal problems in the Whitsunday Catchment should contact Bren Fuller, Pest and Vector Control Officer, Whitsunday Regional Council on 4945 0237.

The information morning was hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Catchment Landcare. For more information contact Christine Peterson: 4945 1017 or christine.peterson@rc2019.thedma.com.au