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National Parks fined for not notifying neighbours about 1080 pesticide use

Media release: 15 December 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) $800 for failing to notify all neighbours of a 1080 pesticide baiting program in the Kosciuszko National Park and an adjoining property.

The fine comes after the EPA received a complaint from a member of the public alleging that some neighbours were not notified of 1080 baiting for wild dogs, foxes and pigs.

EPA South East Regional Manager Nigel Sargent said there are strict requirements on the use of 1080 under the 1080 Pesticide Control Order, including the requirements to notify all neighbours with property boundaries within 1 kilometre, at least three days in advance.

“1080 is very poisonous so neighbouring landowners need to know that baiting is underway in their area so they can keep an eye on their pets and animals,” Mr Sargent said.

“It’s positive to see that National Parks has taken proactive steps to rectify the issue, including updating its notification procedures and arranging an annual workshop for staff in the region.

“National Parks has also commissioned an external audit into 1080 management across NSW.”

“The community plays a really important role in helping us monitor pesticide activities. If you’re concerned about illegal use, or you have knowledge about a particular incident, please call the 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.” 

For more information on the 1080 Pesticides Control Order visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pco.htm or call the Environment Line on 131 55.

Contact: NSW EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 15 December 2016