A one-day nationally accredited training course in the preparation of wild dog baits and their injection with 1080 poison was held in Western Australia’s southern rangelands last month.
The Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association (MRBA), with support from Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, held at the workshop at Challa Station, east of Mount Magnet, on 15 September 2015.
Eleven participants representing nine stations in WA’s southern rangelands attended the training led by Mike Butcher, Director Animal Pest Management Services, with all participants achieving nationally accredited units of competency in the transport and handling of 1080 baiting poison.
MRBA Chairman Ashley Dowden said support by the pastoral industry for the training was very pleasing and the additional trained personnel will make a significant difference to the industry’s ability to combat wild dogs in the region.
“It was great to see three new stations and station managers coming on board for the training,” Mr Dowden said.
The MRBA is an industry body with a membership of all pastoralists in the Shires of Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. The Association was established under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007 with a charter to manage and control declared pests, both animal and plant.
The MRBA operates seven community bait racks and provides the meat, poison and PPE necessary to prepare baits.
“Pastoralists and other volunteers attend these bait racks at their own cost twice a year (except the northern most rack which is attended annually) to cut the meat into bait size pieces and inject the baits with the poison,” Mr Dowden said.
In total, some 25 tonnes of meat is processed into baits every year.
For more information on the Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association, contact:
Geoff Brooks, MRBA Executive Officer.
M: 0499 343 828