Land managers across NSW are being supported to continue important biosecurity work, as the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) temporarily adjusts pest control accreditation periods in response to COVID-19.
South East Local Land Services general manager, Anthony Marshall, 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 land managers and communities in our region undertaking autumn baiting, and those already coordinating their spring campaigns."
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 'drive thru' bait collection and advice around best practice for pest management," Mr Marshall said.
"We offer a safe, contactless service to maintain social distancing, 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.
Land managers 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.
Land managers 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.