Environment Protection Authority temporarily adjusts pest control accreditation periods

Farmers across New South Wales 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.

Hunter Local Land Services biosecurity team leader Luke Booth 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 March 1, 2020, until October 20, 2020.

"This is good news for landholders in our region undertaking autumn baiting, and those already coordinating their spring campaigns with neighbours."

The Local Land Services has had to adapt to support landholders through the drought, fires, floods and now COVID-19. That support includes providing individual bait drop offs to landholders and advice around best practice for pest management.

"We offer a safe, contactless service to limit social contact, and ensure you're still able to manage pests effectively."

The agency is also providing online training 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.

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