Foxes get fast food delivery in COVID-19

EPA has extended Vertebrate Pesticide Accreditations

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Drive-thru bait collection at Yarrie Lake near Narrabri: Photo: North West LLS

Drive-thru bait collection at Yarrie Lake near Narrabri: Photo: North West LLS

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To make sure landholders still have access to baits, while complying with COVID-19 health restrictions and social distancing measures, LLS has been offering a 'drive-thru' bait collection service.

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Pest control has taken a speedy turn in the coronavirus pandemic with Local Lands Services (LLS) adapting their autumn baiting program.

To make sure landholders still have access to baits, while complying with COVID-19 health restrictions and social distancing measures, LLS has been offering a 'drive-thru' bait collection service.

"Foxes don't social distance, so we needed a program that worked for landholders," Lucy Collingridge said, who is the North West acting senior biodiversity officer

Landholders simply organise a time, drive up to their local LLS office, and their baits will be ready to collect on arrival.

"LLS is here when it matters, this time quickly finding innovative ways to support farmers in pest management," Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said.

"Just like your favourite fast food restaurants, we are now offering 'drive thru' bait collection at LLS offices or other convenient locations in the community.

"This ensures a safe, contactless service while meeting the needs of busy farmers, who like everyone else, need to stay at home and limit social contact."

Meanwhile the Environment Protection Authority has extended Vertebrate Pesticide Accreditations due to expire, and those that had expired since March 1 2020, until October 20.

This means that landholders whose accreditation has expired since March 1 will not need to re-sit the course for six months.

LLS is also working to develop an online training solution for Vertebrate Pest Induction Training that will make it easier in the future to obtain the required qualifications.

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.

"This is great news for farmers who are doing an incredible job feeding and clothing us, while continuing to make a significant contribution to the NSW economy in tough times," Mr Marshall said.

"By extending Vertebrate Pesticide Accreditations, it's one less thing for farmers to worry about."

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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