Weeds and pest animal control


Wild dog or feral pig issues

You can report your feral animal issue to the Council's Lands Protection Team on 1300 307 800.

Various options may be available depending on your location, issue and eligibility.

It is best discussed direct with an officer who can try to find a solution for you.
 

Weed control

Weeds threaten Queensland's primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people's livelihoods.

Under Queensland law, landowners, including state and local governments, are responsible for controlling declared weeds on their property. 

Please refer to the list of resources below which may help with weed identification, control and management, and offer native alternatives.
 

1080 baiting program

1080 Baiting is a management tool targeted to the control of wild dogs and feral pigs, which can cause impacts to both primary production and natural systems. 

Council will be undertaking a baiting round during August and September.

Click here to find out more about the program. 

If you would like to register your intent to participate in this baiting round please phone 1300 307 800 by 21 August 2017.

To participate in 1080 baiting please ensure you:

  • Register with Council’s Lands Protection Unit by calling 1300 307 800.
  • Let us know which bait station you will attend to have your baits injected.
  • Understand your obligations when 1080 Baiting.
  • Undertake your notifications as per your obligations – surrounding 2km.
  • Organise your baits (meat baits – 250g for dogs, 500g for pigs).
  • Come along and have your baits injected, as per the schedule below.
  • Provide all required paperwork, sign agreement forms and collect signage.
  • Lay baits as per your agreement conditions.

 

Mary River Turtle (MRT) Recovery Plan 

Council's Lands Protection Team is working with the Tiaro District Landcare volunteers to reduce predatory impacts on Mary River Turtle nests as part of the Mary River Turtle (MRT) Recovery Plan. 

Mary River turtles lay their eggs in clutches in the sand banks of the river around September to February. 

Nest predators such as wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs, feral cats and goannas are recognised as the biggest threat to the population of this endangered species. Cattle trampling nests is also a significant problem.

For several years now, Council's Lands Protection Team has undertaken a predator population reduction program. The program aims to reduce predator numbers leading up to turtle nesting season and maintain low levels of predators during nesting season.

This project has been extremely successful with a marked decrease in MRT nest predation recorded since the introduction of the program. 

Local community participation has been invaluable and Council intends to continue this work as an annual program.

External funding has been sought and will continue to be sought in the future.

 

Giant Rats Tail Grass Forum

Council’s Giant Rats Tail Grass forum was held on Tuesday 27 February 2018 and brought some of the world’s industry leaders in pasture weeds to the Civic Centre to give guidance on managing this weed.


About Professor Brent Sellers: 
Professor Sellers is an Associate Professor and Extension Weed Specialist in the Agronomy Department of the University of Florida-IFAS, and is the Associate Center Director of the Range Cattle Research & Education Center in Ona, FL. He received a B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Sellers completed his Ph.D. in Agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003. He has been employed as a faculty member in Agronomy located at the Range Cattle Research & Education Center since 2004. His research and extension program includes management of native and non-native weed species in pastures, rangeland, rights-of-way, and natural areas. Dr. Sellers has trained 1 Ph.D. student and 4 M.S. students, and is currently advising a Ph.D. and M.S. student. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 150 extension articles.

  • Watch Professor Brent Seller's presentation online here

Accompanying presentations: 

Brent Sellers - Smutgrass Management 

Damien O'Sullivan - Gympie WSG Forum 

Farm Biosecurity Plans - national food safety

Joesph Vitelli - Update on GRT research

Wayne Vogler - GRT Study Tour 

 

Hardcopy resources: 

Farm Biosecurity Plans and GRT Handout 

 

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