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Sodium monofluoroacetate (1080)

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.

Annual Baiting Run

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. 

If you wish to participate in the annual baiting program please contact Council's Biosecurity Services team on (07) 4069 5444 or us.

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.

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10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588