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Local Farmers On Board With Pest Control Of Feral Animals

Twenty five landholders found out how to control pest animals such as rabbits, foxes and wild dogs at a recent workshop held by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in Central Mangrove.

Landholders who participated in the course were accredited to use 1080 and Pindone, pesticides designed for controlling feral animals.

Invasive Species Team Leader for Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Steve Parker said landholders learnt about pesticides legislation, baiting techniques, risk minimisation strategies and technical information to help them effectively control pest animals.

"Greater Sydney Local Land Services is committed to helping local landholders control pest animals as they can negatively impact the environment, economy and community," said Mr Parker.

"Any landholders who use 1080 or Pindone need to be accredited.

"Greater Sydney Local Land Services will be running more pesticide training courses on the central coast to help landholders to effectively manage pest animal problems together.

 "Locally, Greater Sydney Local Land Services oversees the implementation of the Cumberland North Wild Dog Management Plan. This plan aims to coordinate wild dog control with all land managers including, private landholders, NPWS, Councils and NSW State Forests. 

"Other responsibilities include establishing wild dog control groups with landholders at priority locations. We presently have staff and contractors in the field facilitating this process," said Mr Parker.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services is asking all landholders to report wild dog sightings and any related loss of stock.

To register for a pesticide training course please contact the Camden office of Greater Sydney LLS on 02 4655 9165.

Visit the Greater Western Sydney LLS pest control page for more information on pest control.

Media contact: Joanna Woutersz (02) 4725 3064