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Western and Central Eyre Peninsula fox baiting groups take control

News release
13 February 2020

Landholders from Western and Central Eyre Peninsula can collect free fox baits from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula at local distribution days from now until March 10. The group bait distribution days offer farmers an opportunity to collect fox baits in their area, in order to maximise the number of neighbouring properties baiting simultaneously.

Natural Resources Officer Andrew Sleep said in order to get the best results from fox baiting efforts, land managers should work together to undertake a coordinated baiting program.

“Following on from a hot dry summer is the ideal time to bait. Food sources are low and juvenile foxes are on the move so there is an increased chance of bait uptake. Reducing fox numbers before lambing will help reduce the risk of fox predation on lambs,” Mr Sleep said.

“Farmers are encouraged to make the most of this opportunity as it provides Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula with an indication of what the region’s requirements are for this service,” Mr Sleep said.

Last year 45,800 baits were distributed across the Eyre Peninsula. In conjunction with National Parks and Wildlife Service a further 50,000 baits were distributed across Western and Central Eyre Peninsula National and Conservation Parks, to help conserve native fauna such as goannas, ground-nesting birds, malleefowl and small native mammals.

Fox baits can be collected at several locations across Western and Central Eyre Peninsula where Natural Resource Officers will have the opportunity to provide information about fox baiting, different bait types and general feral animal control to landholders. Land managers are reminded to please bring along a labelled bucket with a sealed lid to collect baits.

Fox baits are also available from all Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula offices throughout the year. Call your local office to make an appointment.

For further information please contact your local Natural Resource Officer.

Ceduna/Streaky Bay Natural Resource Officer, Andrew Sleep 0428 252 442

Elliston Natural Resource Officer, Ian Quinn 0427 261 793

Wudinna Natural Resource Officer, Holly Whittenbury 0417 404 129

Group fox baiting days for Western and Central Eyre Peninsula are listed below:

• Mudamuckla, Muddie School, Thursday 13 February 9.30am

• Mamblin, Chrissy Heath’s Place, 70 Mullan Road, Wednesday 19 February 8am

• Goode, Warren Beattie, Wednesday 19 February 9am

• Koongawa, 21309 Eyre Highway Koongawa, Wednesday 19 February 10am

• Charra, Charra Hall, Wednesday 19 February 12pm

• Penong, Westies Tennis Courts, Wednesday 19 February 2.30pm

• Wudinna, 338 Dubois Road, Thursday 20 February 8.30am

• Chilpanunda, Chilpi Golf Club, Thursday 20 February 9.30am

• Forrest, Treceina Hollitt’s Farm House, Thursday 20 February 11.30am

• Haslam, Haslam CFS Shed, Thursday 20 February 2pm

• Minnipa, Minnipa Sports Club, Friday 21 February 1.30pm

• Mount Damper, 1874 Talia Road, CFS Shed Mount Damper, Friday 21 February 3.45pm

• Kaldoonera, Poochera Pub, Tuesday 3 March 9.30am

• Wirrulla, Wirrulla Pub, Tuesday 3 March 11.30am

• Nunjikompita, Nunji Hall, Tuesday 3 March 1.30pm

• Smoky Bay, Smoky Bay CFS Shed, Wednesday 4 March 6pm

• Calca, Calca Crossroads, Thursday 5 March 9.30am

• Inkster, Hulls Driveway, Thursday 5 March 11.30am

• Chandada, Chandada Hall, Thursday 5 March 1pm

• Elliston, Larry Honner’s Shed, late March date TBA

• Lock, Lock CFS Shed, late March date TBA

• Streaky Bay & Sceale Bay, DEW Shed Opposite Silos, Tuesday 10 March 9.30am

More information

Communications and Engagement Officer

8688 3111

DEW.NREPAdmin@sa.gov.au