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 Biosecurity Plan 2019-24, 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.

For further information, 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 canines have a damaging impact on domestic livestock and native fauna and can pose a hazard to human health due to their incursions into urban areas.

Wild Dog Factsheet

1080 Baiting Program

Charters Towers Regional Council conducts a wild dog and feral pig baiting program throughout the entire region every 6 months targeting adults during breeding season (April/May) and pups and juveniles (September/October).  This program is advertised in locally circulating newspapers, local radio channels and social media platforms throughout the Region at the appropriate time, and notification to individual property owners is also undertaken by Council.

Council advises that a baiting campaign utilising 1080 Poison will be occuring throughout the region from 22 April 2024 to 27 May 2024.

It is anticipated that baiting will occur on properties in or about the following areas.  Baiting preparation stations will be established at the location and dates below.

Individual notices to adjoining properties must be delivered by participating properties providing a minimum 72 hours notice.

Monday, 22 April 2024 Mirtna   Monday, 13 May 2024 Cardigan
Tuesday, 23 April 2024 Moonoomoo Turn Off   Tuesday, 14 May 2024 Silver Valley Turn Off
Wednesday, 24 April 2024 Scartwater - Bundabaroo Turn Off   Wednesday, 15 May 2024 Rangeview Turn-off
Monday, 29 April 2024 Slogan Downs Airstrip   Thursday, 16 May 2024 Christmas Creek
Tuesday, 30 April 2024 Red Hill - Campaspe   Friday, 17 May 2024 Myola
Wednesday, 1 May 2024 Nevena Water Facility   Monday, 20 May 2024 Nulla Nulla
Thursday, 2 May 2024 Ballabay Water Facility   Tuesday, 21 May 2024 Dosey Springs Airstrip
Friday, 3 May 2024 Barrington   Wednesday, 22 May 2024 Valley of Lagoons
Tuesday, 7 May 2024 Hillgrove   Thursday, 23 May 2024 Camel Creek
Wednesday, 8 May 2024 Paynes Lagoon Airstrip   Monday, 27 May 2024 Kangerong
Thursday, 9 May 2024 Hidden Valley      

For further information, please contact Council’s Land Protection Team on 4761 5300.

1080 Animal Control Products

There are 1080 products readily available for purchase from local retailers licensed under Section 7 poisons (S7).

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.

Feral Pig Factsheet

Aerial Shooting and the use of PigOut Baits are Council's preferred control methods.  There are new initiatives on the market to tackle feral pigs.

Baiting feral pigs - options available


Further information is also available at National Feral Pig Action Plan and PestSmart.