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Central West Local Land Services is hosting a series of short training courses across the region which, once completed, will provide landholders with certification to use 1080 and Pindone baits on their properties.

The four hour course is designed to give participants a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and their legal obligations when doing so.

As an added bonus, an additional course on Canid Pest Ejector use will be incorporated into the day.

Acting Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services Craig Ridley said that the training itself is just one benefit of participation,

“While these courses help landholders to take responsibility of pest animal problems on their properties, they also give them a chance to talk to our staff and other producers about group baiting programs either occurring or planned in the area,” Mr Ridley said.

Group baiting with neighbouring landholders increases program effectiveness which is of benefit to the entire region through decreased financial loss and disease risk attributed to feral animals.

These short courses are delivered by Central West Local Land Services Biosecurity Officers and cover off on topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation, WH&S and PAPP, a new fox bait option.

On completion, participants will receive a certification card to use 1080 and Pindone which remains valid for five years. However, completion of an AQF chemical application course remains a requirement for use of any other pesticide.

Locations of courses currently scheduled for February and March are Warren, Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo. Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo courses will have a Rural Support Worker in attendance to provide information on flood relief available while the Warren course will conclude with an overview of Animal health issues in the region delivered by one of our District Veterinarians.

For further information relating to courses or to register your interest, call 1300 795 299.

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Media Contact: Fiona Townsend, 0428 284 252, Fiona.townsend@lls.nsw.gov.au