Sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) is a chemical compound found naturally in some native Australian plants that has elevated toxicity to dogs comparative to other animals. The compound is used throughout Australia as a pest animal control tool, more commonly in extensive agricultural/rural settings. Cook Shire Council holds both manufactured baits and 1080 solution. 1080 is available to certain landholders under strict conditions.
Council conducts an annual 1080 baiting run throughout the Cook Shire local government area, generally in late November. Arrangements to provide 1080 services outside of the designated run can be made in some circumstances. Manufactured baits are available for pick up by landholders, or the agents of landholders, from Cook Shire Council (fees on a cost recovery basis will apply) throughout the year provided the use has been approved by a Biosecurity Officer.
Restrictions relating to the procurement and use of 1080 include:
- Council will only supply 1080 for the control of wild dogs and feral pigs;
- no baits are to be laid within 5 metres of a fenced boundary;
- no baits are to be laid within 50 metres of a centre line of a declared road;
- no baits are to be laid within 20 metres of permanent or flowing water bodies;
- owners may only lay baits within 1 km of any habitation (habitation includes schools, dwellings and public facilities, but does not include the dwelling of the person laying the baits) if they first seek written agreement from all habitation occupiers within 1 km of the bait site;
- owners may only lay baits within 2 km of any habitation after they provide written notification to all habitation occupiers within 2 km of the bait site;
- no baits are to be laid within 5 km of a town without approval from a Biosecurity Officer;
- owners must give at least 72 hours notification to all neighbours whose property boundary falls within 2 km of the bait site and any property having frontage to the holding where baits are to be laid; and
- warning signs (available from Cook Shire Council) must be placed at all entrances to the property and at the extremities of the property boundaries fronting a public thoroughfare. Warning signs must be erected immediately before baiting and left in place for one month after the baits have been laid.
Please note: 1080 will only be provided to the “registered owner” (i.e. the person or persons listed on the land title and rates notice) of the land on which baits are to be used or their authorised representative/agent. Should a landholder wish to nominate an agent to accept 1080 on their behalf they must complete and return to Council's Biosecurity Services team an Authority for Agent to Sign form.
Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are a common pest animal species in both rural and urban areas across Cape York Peninsula. To assist landholders in the management of feral pigs that may be damaging lawns, gardens, fences etc., Council operates a pig trap loan program around Cooktown environs.
In order to obtain a trap it is necessary to both register your interest with Council and complete a Pig Trap Loan Agreement form. In some circumstances Biosecurity staff will deliver/remove the trap and where necessary euthanase and dispose of any captured animals. Day to day maintenance of the trap, such as ensuring the trap is supplied with bait, is the responsibility of the landholder.
It is a condition of loan that details relating to any animals trapped are documented on a Capture Record form provided by Council. Should no information be received for a period of time it will be assumed that the trap is currently unproductive. In such cases the trap will be removed as soon as additional requests are received.
Please note that during the dry season pig traps are in high demand. To ensure that this demand is met and that the traps are operating at maximum efficiency in terms of pigs removed from the environment, traps need to be constantly rotated with the result that loans may be for short periods (i.e. two to three weeks) only.
If you wish to participate in the pig trap loan program please contact Council's Biosecurity Services team on 4069 5444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.