Farmers across NSW are being supported to continue important biosecurity work on-farm, as the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) temporarily adjusts pest control accreditation periods for landholders in response to COVID-19.
Murray Local Land Services General Manager, Gary Rodda, welcomed the exemption saying it will help protect farmers and the environment from feral pests like wild dogs and foxes.
The EPA has extended Vertebrate Pesticide Accreditations due to expire, and those that had expired since 1 March 2020, until 20 October 2020.
“This is good news for landholders in our region who are still undertaking autumn baiting, and those already coordinating their spring campaigns with neighbours,” Mr Rodda said.
The support and adaptability of Local Land Services has been a constant throughout the drought, fires, floods and now COVID-19.
“We’re here when it matters, and ready to support you with innovative solutions for pest management, including contactless bait collection by apointment and advice around best practice for pest management in our part of the state,” Mr Rodda added.
“We offer a safe, contactless service to limit social contact, and ensure you’re still able to manage pests effectively.”
The agency is currently working on developing an online training solution for Vertebrate Pest Induction Training. The course covers topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and work health and safety. Those completing the course will be issued a five-year accreditation to use 1080 and Pindone for feral pest control.
Landholders are encouraged to call their nearest Local Land Services office to express their interest in the online training, and to talk to a biosecurity officer about immediate options for pest management or planning for the months ahead.
Landholders can access LLS support and services safely over the phone on 1300 795 299, via the new online form at lls.nsw.gov.au, or through Facebook messenger.