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Landholders to learn how to control pest species on their property

Participants at a VPIT Training CourseNorth Coast Local Land Services is offering training to landholders on how to control pest species on their property.  The Vertebrate Pest Induction Training (VPIT) course is available to landholders to facilitate the use of 1080 and Pindone baits on their properties.

Wild dogs are considered a serious pest in Australia attacking livestock and native animals, potentially spreading diseases and threatening human health, safety and wellbeing.  Wild dog attacks on livestock and pets, lethal or otherwise, also cause emotional distress to landholders.

Tiffany Felton, Biosecurity Officer said, “Capacity building for local landholders is important for wild dog control and we’re offering training to ensure landholders are appropriately skilled.”

“Recognising the importance of working collaboratively, local landholders are encouraged to participate in training courses such as these and provide input into options and strategies for local wild dog management and control,” Tiffany said.

The next three-hour VPIT courses are being offered in Gulmarrad School Hall on Tuesday 26 April commencing at 5.00 pm and Coutts Crossing Hall on Thursday 28 April commencing at 5.30 pm.  The course runs for three hours and gives landholders a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and the legal obligations that apply. All landholders can participate in the course and landholders who are Local Land Services ratepayers can participate in the training at no cost.

The training is delivered by Biosecurity Officers from North Coast Local Land Services and covers topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and OH&S. On completion of this course participants will be issued a certification card and remain accredited to use 1080 and Pindone for five years.

North Coast Local Land Services can now also provide training in the recently registered Canid Pest Ejector which are mechanical devices that deliver a precise dose of the1080 when activated by foxes and wild dogs.

Canid Pest Ejectors have a benefit of remaining lethal until activated as the toxicant is protected within a capsule, allowing them to be left in the field for longer periods of time and cannot be removed and cached by foxes, making a control program safer for non target animals.

The Canid Pest Ejector course is an additional unit for landholders wanting to gain accreditation in the use of the device and landholders can enrol in the course once they have completed the VPIT training. The Canid Pest Ejector training is “one off” training with no expiry.

More information on the VPIT training is available by contacting Tiffany Felton or Michael Elliott on 6604 1100.

Participants who are interested in participating in the courses at Gulmarrad and Coutts Crossing must register to attend by contacting North Coast Local Land Services on 6604 1100.

Media contact:

Tiffany Felton, Biosecurity Officer Phone 0427 458 591

Photo caption:

Landholders participating in Vertebrate Pest Induction Training.