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Collaboration key to proper pest management

OURIMBAH landholders and Greater Sydney Local Land Services are celebrating a successful fox baiting season after wrapping up their 2016 campaign.

Hidden Valley resident Tony Voller heads up the Ourimbah Fox Baiting program and said close to 100 baits had been laid across 19 properties covering more than 700 ha in total.

Mr Voller said the success of the program was down to commitment and collaboration between landholders and Greater Sydney Local Land Services biosecurity experts.

“The Local Land Services team are always on hand to provide us with baits but also with guidance and their expertise in pest management,” he said.

“They have also helped us install new motion detector cameras to help us be more strategic in where we lay baits and monitor our effectiveness based on fox movements.”

Wyong-based Biosecurity Officer Ash Johnson said it was a fantastic example of landholders coming together to reduce the impact of pest animals in their neighbourhood,” he said.

“Foxes in particular can be extremely cunning so collaboration between landholders coupled with a strategic approach is key.”

Mr Johnson said there were strict guidelines around baiting to ensure the safety of domestic animals and neighbouring communities.

“Local Land Services is here to help residents understand their legal obligations and provide ongoing advice and support to ensure baiting across multiple properties is as effective as possible.”

Mr Voller said the success of the program in reducing fox numbers was clear.

“We are seeing less and less losses of backyard chickens and reduced impacts on the native flora and fauna,” he said.

“I would encourage anyone concerned about the impacts of foxes or other pest species to contact Local Land Services who can provide expert advice and assistance.”

Foxes are estimated to cost Australian producers more than $37 million annually in livestock losses and cause more than $227.5 million of damage to Australia's unique natural environment every year.

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