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Heart of the Channel Country

Barcoo Shire Council Biosecurity Plan 2023-2028

The objective of the Barcoo Shire Biosecurity Plan is to bring together all sectors of the local community to manage invasive plants and animals. The Plan sets strategies, activities and responsibilities for pest management at a local scale. It ensures resources are targeted at the highest priority pest management activities and those most likely to succeed. The Plan sets achievable objectives for the local community and incorporates monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of it. The Plan is also used to inform regional planning processes on local pest management priorities.

Access the Barcoo Shire Council Biosecurity Plan 2023-2028


Baiting For Wild Dogs And Feral Pigs

Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is a useful pesticide for the control of invasive animals and has been used throughout Australia since the early 1960s. 1080 is the most efficient, humane and species-specific pesticide currently available for invasive animal control in Australia. In Queensland, 1080 is registered for use in the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits.

Council offers rural landholders the opportunity to participate in 1080 baiting programs to control invasive pest animals such as wild dogs and feral pigs on their properties within the Barcoo Shire Council area. These campaigns are generally conducted in April/May (early Winter) and again in September/October (early Spring) targeting wild dog activity and breeding cycles.

Council can also provide 1080 baits to rural landholders outside of the baiting program dates as required.

Visitors and local community members are to be vigilant with their pets during baiting periods and take caution whilst travelling around the Shire. 1080 baits can remain active for long periods on properties adjacent to main roads and other road networks within the Shire boundary. Please ensure you do not take your pets onto private property without first contacting the owner/manager. If you suspect your domestic animal has had contact with 1080, contact a vet immediately.

For further information on Barcoo Shire Council's 1080 Baiting Program and to find out how to become involved, please contact Council's Rural Lands Support Officer Peter Pidgeon on the details below. 

Peter Pidgeon 
Rural Lands Officer
Phone: 0459 028 596
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