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1080 Baiting Program

Council offers rural landholders the opportunity to participate in 1080 baiting campaigns to control wild dogs and feral pigs on rural lands within the Region.  These campaigns are generally conducted in Winter (June during mating season) and again in Spring (November when the pups are leaving the den). Should you require 1080 baits in between these campaign dates, please complete the 1080 Baiting Information Pack and Registration Form below and forward to Council for action.  For further information, please contact Council's Parks and Environment Department on 07 4977 6899.

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What are the Controls on 1080 Baiting?

There are strict controls on the use of 1080 and Council hereby advises changes to 1080 Baiting Guidelines as per advices from the Department of Natural Resources and Water Landcare.

Due to the increasing population of South East Queensland, increased public and media scrutiny and the potential risk of litigation, the Department’s South East Region Land Protection Unit is implementing the following distance and notification requirements for the laying of 1080 baits.

  • It is now a requirement for all persons wishing to lay 1080 baits on properties under their control or ownership to obtain written consent from all neighbours residing in dwellings or public amenities that are located within two (2) kilometres of the intended bait site.
  • If the Local Government or State Agency 1080 Operator (the Operator) involved with the baiting program decides it is not feasible to obtain written consent from persons residing in dwellings within two (2) kilometres, the Operator may seek permission fro his/her local NRW Land Protection Officer to reduce the distance from two (2) to one (1) kilometre of the intended bait site.
  • To reduce this distance from two (2) to one (1) kilometre, the Operator must make this request in writing to their local NRW Land Protection Officer.  This can be done either through email, fax or letter.
  • At least 80 per cent of all the neighbouring dwellings must give written consent for the baiting program to proceed.  If less than 80 per cent of all neighbouring dwellings do not give their written consent the baiting program will not go ahead, and alternative control measures may need to be considered.
  • Dwellings more than one (1) kilometre from where the baits are to be laid will require notification only.  All other adjoining properties and any other property boundaries that fall within two (2) kilometres of where the baits are laid must be given at least 72 hours notification prior to the laying of 1080 baits.

These changes to the 1080 guidelines are intended to ensure consistent use of 1080 in South East Queensland, and to guarantee the continued availability of 1080 for vertebrate pest control.

Distance Restrictions - from Proposed Baiting Site

  •    2 kms of any habitation or public amenity (excluding owner’s and without LPO approval)
  •    5 metres of a fenced boundary
  •    50 metres of a declared road centerline
  •    5 kms of a town (without LPO approval)

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What do I need to Supply?

Landholders will need to supply all meat for baiting, and Council will provide the poison and personnel to carry out the baiting treatment.

Bait weights are required to be a minimum of 250 grams for wild dogs and 500 grams for pigs. Baits weighing less than this and/or contain any bone, fur or fat, will not be injected, so please ensure that pre-cut baits, meet specifications.

Landholders planning to have another person collect and/or distribute baits on their behalf (ie. someone other than landholder), must give the person a signed authority authorising this person to sign the baiting agreement on their behalf. This form will be available from Council’s Rural Lands Department prior to a baiting campaign.

Commercially Prepared Baits

Commercially prepared ‘Doggone’ and ‘Pigout’ baits will be available for purchase through Council.

Landholders may find this more convenient than having to supply meat which requires the injection of 1080 poison. As with past baiting campaigns, the landholder will need to supply all meat for baiting if this option is still required, and Council will provide the poison and personnel to carry out the baiting treatment.  Please contact Council’s Environment & Regulation Department on (07) 4970 0700 to obtain current prices for ‘Doggone’ or ‘Pigout’ 1080 Baits.

1080 Alternatives

Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is a very useful pesticide for the control of pest animals and has been used throughout Australia since the early 1960s. 1080 is the most efficient, humane and species-specific pesticide currently available for declared animal control in Australia. In Queensland, 1080 is registered for use in the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits.  1080 is widely used in Australia to protect agricultural production and native flora and fauna from the impacts of pest animals.

Landholders who do not meet the requirements to participate in 1080 baiting campaigns may wish to investigate an alternative baiting treatment such as strychnine.  Queensland Health administer the issue of strychnine licences.

First Aid

If poisoning occurs please seek immediate medical attention. Alternately  contact the Queensland Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26 . Poisoning advice is available Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Remove the affected person from the contaminated area (take precautions to avoid exposure to the toxin)
  • If the patient has collapsed or is not breathing, ring 000 for an ambulance immediately
  • If the patient has collapsed but is still breathing, put them in the recovery position
  • If the patient is not breathing or their heart has stopped and CPR is required, ensure no evidence of the poison or vomit is present around the mouth (clean the area with a damp cloth). Assess the situation carefully to avoid ingesting the poison.
  • If skin contact occurs, remove contaminated clothing, flood skin with running water and then wash with soap and water.
  • If the toxin comes in contact with eyes, hold eyes open and irrigate the eye with a continuous stream of water for at least 15 minutes.