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Bait training and pest management advice

Landholders are urged to take advantage of Vertebrate Pesticide Training (VPT) and Canid Pest Ejector courses on offer through Local Land Services across the Central Tablelands.

The half-day VPT course organised and delivered by Central Tablelands Local Land Services trains landholders in the use of 1080, Pindone, Para-aminopropiophenone also known as PAPP (a newly registered chemical for the control of wild dogs and foxes), and rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) baits to tackle problem pests including wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits.

“We often get requests for baits from people who don’t have the required qualifications and training,” said Tim Seears, Invasive Species Team Leader with Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

“However we can’t legally supply baits to anyone without the appropriate certification.

"You can gain the required accreditation through our VPT course, or alternatively through a Level III chemical users course offered by a Registered Training Organisation.

"The bottom line is that if you use farm chemicals, you must have the right training.

“Local Land Services is also required to work with farmers who request baits to complete a property risk assessment.

"The assessment process identifies potential problems such as the unintentional poisoning of domestic pets and non target native animals, and defines the actions they need to take to mitigate the risks.”

The Local Land Services VPT course covers topics such as baiting technique, toxicity, storage, transport, and safety procedures, as well as giving participants a clear understanding of the legal obligations required to when using baits on their properties.

An additional course is on offer which trains land managers in the use of Canid Pest Ejectors, the latest innovation in wild dog and fox control available to landholders.

On completion of the VPT course participants are issued a certification card valid for the next five years authorising the use of 1080, Pindone, PAPP and RHD baits for feral animal control.

“Land managers in NSW, whether on public or private land, are obliged by legislation to control declared pest species on their properties,” Mr Seears said.

“Local Land Services Biosecurity Officers can provide advice on the most efficient and effective ways of managing these pest populations.”

Local Land Services holds a VPT and CPE training session on the second Tuesday of each month in Bathurst.

Training courses can also be organised in any local area where there is sufficient demand from landholders.

“We usually get around eight to twelve people at each session, which gives us plenty of time to work with each individual so that they fully understand the course requirements,” Mr Seears said.

“We get a wide range of experience and skills in the people who register for training. Sometimes it’s the more experienced users who struggle with the new procedures that must be followed.

“We also get some people who have had very little prior knowledge of baits and chemical use, and the course is designed to guide even the most inexperienced landholder through the process.”

For more information about registering for a Vertebrate Pesticide Training course, or for advice on feral pest management contact the Biosecurity Officer at your nearest Central Tablelands Local Land Services office in Bathurst, Cowra, Lithgow, Molong or Mudgee.

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