Townsville Bulletin

State throws cash at councils to deal with dog baits themselves


COUNCILS across Queensland will not be getting anymore 1080 concentrat­e for management of feral pests for free once Department of Agricultur­e and Fisheries supplies run out.

The Queensland government revealed it has granted $370,000 to support councils to move away from the state government-supplied poison.

Rural Communitie­s and Agricultur­e Industry Developmen­t and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said 46 local government­s had applied for funding under round six of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative and had been successful.

“Since the 1970s, the Department of Agricultur­e and Fisheries has provided 1080 concentrat­e to local councils or landholder­s to control wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes, feral cats and rabbits, but that stockpile is now depleted,” Mr Furner said.

Sodium fluoroacet­ate, or 1080, is a pesticide used to control defined feral animals — dingoes, wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, feral pigs and feral cats.

In October last year the Charters Towers Regional Council put a motion to the LGAQ annual conference seeking support to lobby the state government on behalf of councils. The motion called for the state government to “continue to enable and subsidise wild dog 1080 baiting throughout the state after the state advised stockpiles of the 1080 baits purchased in the 1970s have dwindled and would subsequent­ly be reviewing its related practices”.

At the time Deputy Mayor Sonia Bennetto said the effects of wild dogs were felt by many local farmers, graziers and even urban landholder­s through attacks on household pets and livestock.

“Costs of the baits should not fall back on individual local government areas to have to bear; it’s a statewide issue,” Ms Bennetto said.

Flinders Shire Council Mayor Jane Mcnamara said her council would support the motion.

After the conference Charters Towers Mayor Frank Beveridge said they had been buoyed by the support.

Despite this the state government has opted to plough on with the transition plan.

Charters Towers, Flinders, Burdekin, Carpentari­a, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Etheridge, Hinchinbro­ok, Mareeba, Mckinlay, Mount Isa, Richmond, Tablelands and Whitsunday councils have been approved for transition funding.

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