DOG BAIT: A Queensland pest management officer injects pieces of meat with the 1080 poison used for wild dog baiting.
DOG BAIT: A Queensland pest management officer injects pieces of meat with the 1080 poison used for wild dog baiting. Sophie Lester

REVEALED: The 27 suburbs poison dog bait will be placed

SUNSHINE Coast Council has revealed the 27 suburbs where a wild dog baiting program will soon be rolled out, which includes the use of 1080 poison.

At its July ordinary meeting, the council endorsed the continuation of its program to prevent and control the presence of declared feral animals in the region.

Within this, from September 2 to 27, the Community Wild Dog Baiting program will be conducted at Bald Knob, Banya, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Belli Park, Bells Creek, Booroobin, Cambroon, Conondale, Coochin Creek, Coolabine, Crohamhurst, Curramore, Elaman Creek, Gagalba, Glass House Mountains, Kenilworth, Kidaman Creek, Landsborough, Maroochy River, Obi Obi, Peachester, Reesville, Valdora, Witta, Wootha and Yandina Creek areas.

A council spokesperson said the baiting program was set up in response to community requests for assistance to manage the wild dogs on their properties.

They said the baiting program would only be conducted on private land of residents who had agreed to be part of the program.

"Where baiting is used in other feral animal control programs on public land, council conducts an extensive awareness campaign and places signage at the sites prior to program starting,” the spokesperson said.

The Feral Animal Prevention program is designed to target specific declared feral animal species throughout the Coast council area.

In operation since 2016, it targets wild dogs, feral pigs, feral goats, feral cats, feral deer, European foxes, European rabbits and Indian myna birds.

The council allocated $1,239,391 to the 2019/2020 the program, with $550,000 of that coming from the environment levy.

"It's vital that we understand the extent and magnitude of feral animals in the region and monitor where they are so that we can implement activities to minimise their impact on our environment and the community,” the spokesperson said.

"Feral animal impacts include damage to agricultural and horticultural crops, irrigation and fences, competition with livestock for pasture and supplementary feed, attacks on livestock, domestic pets and native animals, damage to trees and native regeneration, the dispersal of weed seeds and erosion.

"Feral animals can also pose a risk to livestock industries and human health by aiding in the spread of disease.”

Under the Queensland Government Biosecurity Act 2014, the council, and any resident, has a general biosecurity obligation to manage declared pest plants and animals on land under their control.

More information on pest animals and council services can be found on the Sunshine Coast Council website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.



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