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EPA issues warning about unsafe pesticide baits in Unanderra

Media release: 3 May 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a warning to residents in the Farmborough Heights and Unanderra areas of Wollongong after illegal and unsafe pesticide baits were found in public places.

EPA Manager Illawarra Peter Bloem said three baits were found recently on the roadside verges of Rickard Road and Graham Street.

“The baits are homemade and appear to be designed to attract and injure animals – they are a mixture of rat poison and food materials,” Mr Bloem said.

“These types of baits are dangerous and illegal. It’s not just pests that are at risk – other animals including native animals are put in danger, and even children can be harmed by ingesting these substances.

“We take this very seriously. Under the Pesticides Act a person convicted of this type of offence can be fined up to $120,000.

“To prevent injury to people, damage to property and harm to other plants and animals, pesticides must always be used for their approved use only and strictly in accordance with label instructions.
“The NSW EPA wants to hear from anyone who has found any of these baits or has information about related activity.”

If you think you have relevant information please contact the EPA's 24-hour Environment Line on 131 555. Any information you provide will be treated confidentially.

If you find any baits please do not touch the material and contact Environment Line immediately.


Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 03 May 2017