Council is responsible for ensuring landowner prevention and management of declared pest plants and animals in the Charters Towers Regional Council Local Government Area. This involves implementing the Charters Towers Regional Council Pest Management Plan 2013 – 2017 (PDF, 2kb), establishing practices to prevent the introduction of new pests and strategies to eradicate existing pests in small numbers. It also includes taking measures to contain established pests in the Region, liaising with landholders and enforcing the Biosecurity Act 2014.
Contained within the Pest Management Plan is information on:
- an Overview of Pest Management Priorities (PDF, 177kb); and,
- Council's High Priority Pest Animals (PDF, 435kb).
For further information on these and other declared plants, including fact sheets, guidelines and strategies, please visit the Biosecurity Queensland website or contact Council.
Wild Dogs (Category 3, 4, 5 & 6 Biosecurity Act 2014)
The term wild dog refers collectively to purebred dingoes, dingo hybrids and domestic dogs that have escaped or been deliberately released.
These aggressive canines have a damaging impact upon domestic livestock and native fauna and can pose a hazard to human health due to their incursions into urban areas.
1080 Baiting Program
Charters Towers Regional Council conducts a wild dog baiting program throughout the entire region every 6 months targeting adults during breeding season (April/May) and pups and juveniles (September/October). The program is advertised in locally circulating newspapers throughout the Region at the appropriate time and notification to individual property owners is also undertaken by Council.
Current Baiting Program
The details of Council's current baiting program are below:
If you wish to conduct a 1080 baiting campaign in your area, please contact Council.
1080 Doggone Biscuits
In addition to the 1080 Baiting Program, Council has 1080 Doggone Biscuits readily available for purchase by completion and submission of the Application Form below. Council's Fees and Charges outline the cost associated with the purchase of 1080 Doggone biscuits. If the owner of the property is not the person who is physically collecting the baits, it is a requirement of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 that the Authority Form below is also submitted with the Application.
Pigs (Category 3, 4 & 6 Biosecurity Act 2014)
The feral pig is one of the most widespread and damaging pest animals in Queensland. Feral pigs are found all over the Charters Towers Region with the greatest populations located in riparian areas.
Aerial Shooting and the use of Pigout baits are Council's preferred control methods.
The purchase of Pigout Baits requires the completion and submission of the Application Form above and is granted on the same terms and conditions as the purchase of 1080 Doggone Biscuits. Council's Fees and Charges outline the cost associated with the purchase of Pigout baits.