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Vale Phil Hadlington OAM

It is with regret that I report the death of Phil Hadlington OAM. 

Phil was a legend in the Managed Pest Control Industry. He was one of Australia's first TAFE teachers of pest-control and the author of six pest-control related books, among them Termites and Borers (UNSW Press, 1998). An Introduction to Australian Insects (UNSW Press, 1982) and Common Household Pests (UNSW Press, 1999).

Phil was often referred to as a “Guru of the Pest Management Industry” a statement that I would wholeheartedly agree with.  

Phil received the Order of Australia Medal in 2000 for “service to the arboricultural and pest control industries as a consultant, researcher, author and teacher”  

On behalf of the Managed Pest Control Industry I would like to extend my condolences to his friends and family.  It was a life that he generously gave to industry, his time, energy and knowledge.  

May he rest in peace in the understanding that so many have been touched by his contributions to our industry.

Vasili Tsoutouras


*In this edition we reproduce the words of his friend and collaborator Ion Staunton along with a tribute from Kevin Girard.

Vale Phil Hadlington OAM  1923 – 2021

"Phil Hadlington has been missing in dementia for the last few years but in the early hours of Monday 19th March 2021 he left us… aged 97. 

He was a change agent. He changed us…for the better. 

Most would immediately think of him as the author of industry text books, as the teacher of the pest control course, as the marker of their correspondence course.  He was more.

He was an entomologist at the NSW Forestry Commission with responsibilities in the control of insects that attacked trees (and logs). He mixed with others in the stream of scientists in the late 40’s, early 50s. There was another stream in the community… many of them returned service men who, without qualifications, took up Pest Extermination setting up family businesses using 'witch doctor brews’ and fear tactic sales talk to get customers. 

Then there was the government. They were trying to sort out the chemicals being used and the Pest Destroyers Act (1945) was passed and finally the Regulations came into force about 1950, by which time there were a steady stream of complaints from customers about exterminators. Someone wise suggested these exterminators should have a course to find out what really made pests tick and what pesticides were suitable in what situation (and not suitable).

Phil Hadlington was based in Sydney in a tower in Scots Church, Margaret St, rented by the Forestry Commission. He was already receiving visits from the top people at Flick and from Houghton & Byrne down in George St. They visited to find out more about mostly termites and borers. He was offered and accepted the task of preparing a 1-year Pest Control course.

First he had to learn about the other insect and rodent pests, structure the presentation of this information in a way understood by men in their 40s and 50s who perhaps hadn’t  taken notes or done calculations since they were in school. 
The course began in 1956 and Phil and I wrote the first textbook in 1960.

That was just the beginning. 

The rest of his story has been placed on the Termiteer website.

The link is:

Phil left us better off. As a pest control industry, their customers, as termiteers, as individuals.

I hope it generates good memories of different times"

Best wishes,
Ion Staunton




“Phil Hadlington has had an immense influence on my life since I was a teenager up until the present day.

From the time I first encountered Phil I did not even know who he was .....little did I realize how much influence he would have on my life.

I lived a short distance from him in Balgowlah. I was selling raffle tickets to raise money for my school and crossed swords with him from age 12-18, stoically standing up to his inspection of my principles and answering the questions he asked me. Even though he was very polite and quietly spoken he was quite forbidding yet over the years very genuine as well as generous of spirit.

Six years later I went to work for WA Flick and was taught by John Gerozisis who was taught and mentored by Phil. The text as well as a lot if the specimens and wonderful 35mm slides all had Phil’s hand on them.

Like many before and after me I loved it all and found my life long niche. I was lucky in that I applied myself and won the Hadlington Prize ( copy of CSIRO Insects of Australia) much to the relief of the Flick directors as they had funded that prize from the beginning and apparently I was the first to win it.

A few years later I was asked by my good mate Peter Lamond to cover for him at TAFE whilst he was on leave.

I modelled my journey around the Hadlington/ Gerozisis style. I also encouraged my class members to undertake the Hadlington / Taylor Timber Pest Courses (promoted by the AEPMA)with me. The quality of the input and especially the specimens and the field trips blew me away. 
Phil, Ted as well as Peter Lamond and Peter Meadows motivated me to do better and were incredible role models.

I was also lucky to engage with Phil about and via TAFE teaching and contract marking for the correspondence course and their on campus tutorials.

I was also privileged to attend sites with Phil and his Research Group.

A number of years ago at an Industry function dinner Phil was at our table. I was up the other end with the younger 50 year old pest controllers. Someone then asked : “How old was Phil ?”
Quickly I responded rather cheekily: “ He is a timber man.......perhaps we should cut him in half and count the rings ....”

Well I can tell you there was nothing wrong with his hearing. He thought about it then laughed and smiled.......I will remember that forever.

Phil was the Grandfather of three industries: Pest Control, Tree Surgery and Aboriculture. He was the servant of many.”

Kevin Girard


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AEPMA Pesticon 2021 – Pest Management in the Digital Age

This year’s conference will be held on 22-24 September 2021 at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD.  

The key message for the conference is “Pest Management in the Digital Age” and will include outstanding and interesting presenters, with up to the minute topics and workshops to help you and your business stay relevant in this rapidly changing world.  The Exhibition Hall will again be the hub of activity at the conference, with manufacturers and suppliers showcasing the latest products and services.

Now, more than ever, Pesticon 2021 will provide an ideal networking opportunity for those in the industry to come together to share their knowledge and experience.

Registrations are now open 

We look forward to seeing you all in person on The Gold Coast in 2021! 

Now, more than ever, Pesticon 2021 will provide an ideal networking opportunity for those in the industry to come together to share their knowledge and experience.

We look forward to seeing you at the Gold Coast!

PWAPM Leadership Conference 

The first PWAPM Leadership Conference took place on the 5th – 6th March at the Sharks Event Centre on the Gold Coast. Over 90 guests were in attendance and we would like to congratulate the following PWAPM Recognition Award Winners.


PWAPM 2021 Honorary Life Member

Rhonda Trotter

Pink Termite Experts


PWAPM Female Administration of the Year Award 2021 Winner

Ash Fadian

Competitive Pest Control


PWAPM Female Trainee of the Year Award 2021 Winner

Sheri Ambler

Laguna Pest Control


2020 Excellence Award Winner

Michelle Downs

Lethal Pest Control


Well done ladies! We look forward to hearing more about you in the future

Changes to Temprid®75 Residual Insecticide Product Label 

The Environmental Science business of Bayer has announced changes to the registered product label of Temprid®75, a residual insecticide that will control most insect pests in various domestic, commercial, industrial and public buildings.

The most significant change to the Temprid75 label is the removal of the restraint which has prevented pest controllers from applying the product using equipment carried on their back.

Daryle Swarz, Sales and Marketing Manager – Pest & Termite Management at Bayer said: “These updates have been made to simplify the Temprid75 label, giving all the relevant information in an easy-to understand format. Bayer is also happy to be able to remove the ‘backpack application’ restriction from the label, as this was a bug-bear for many pest managers”.

Detailed description of all changes below:


  • Application is now permitted using equipment carried on the back of the user. The restraint
  • “"DO NOT apply using spraying equipment carried on the back of the user." has been removed.

Directions for use table

  • The Directions for Use table has been simplified to a format. A lot of the information which was in the DfU table is now in the general Instructions.

Professional pest control uses

  • The situations following "including but not limited to" have been removed from the Situation column and are now described in alphabetical order in the first paragraph of the General Instructions.

Read more here

AEPMA Branch meeting

A virtual AEPMA NSW ACT Branch meeting was held on Microsoft Teams on Monday 1 March 2021.

As usual there were some difficulties for some people to join in which a common problem with virtual meetings. We had a reasonable turnout of 8 delegates out of 13 which is not a bad number. 

Cancelling the usual February Hawks Nest/ Tea Gardens meeting due to Covid 19 (after nearly 15 years of gathering there) was a very difficult and sad decision for myself and Shayne Reynolds however it was best for everyone’s safety including locals who are for a large part, retirees.

As usual a lot was discussed such as:
Considerable work has been done on the review of the Code of Practice for Prior to Purchase Timber Pest Inspections with two of your State Council members involved and the document is now available on the AEPMA website. 

NSW Pest Manager Licencing
We were informed by Mr Martin Bowles (NSW EPA) on 21 December 2020 of several matters

Timber pest control licence - After having received Ministerial approval, work is underway to kick off the necessary changes to the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2017. They don’t have a 
clear timeline for that yet as it will depend on the priorities of the NSW Parliamentary 
Counsel (who keep getting diverted on public health orders) but they are hoping to at least 
see a draft Regulation amendment perhaps sometimes in 2021. They will seek the Association’s views on implementation timing and administrative arrangements.

Read more here 


QLD Branch Meeting

The next Qld Branch meeting will be a breakfast meeting at National office at 0730 on Wednesday 28/4/21. All are welcome.

Please RSVP by Monday 26th April. (

Sundew adds another valuable tool in the treatment of Red Imported Fire Ants and Yellow Crazy Ants – ANTagonistPRO 80SC

Sundew Solutions is excited to announce the approval for the treatment of Red Imported Fire Ants and Yellow Crazy Ants with ANTagonistPRO Polymer Enhanced 80 SC Insecticide.

“ANTagonistPRO 80 SC Insecticide has a long history of use by pest management professionals and government departments locally and overseas for the tramp ant known as Argentine ant,” said David Priddy, C.E.O. of Sundew Solutions.  “ANTagonistPRO has been used in programs to eradicate this invasive ant from sensitive national parks and island communities with great success.”

“Following extensive research and field trials in South East Queensland over the past 4 years, registration was approved at the end of March 2021 for ANTagonistPRO to treat Red Imported Fire Ants and Yellow Crazy Ants,” reported Mr. Priddy.

In February this year Sundew also announced to the Australian pest management segment the addition of Red Imported Fire Ants and Yellow Crazy ants to SAS PRO fipronil granular ant killer.

“Sundew is proud to have done the hard yards in the field to be able to offer three innovative solutions for the treatment of these tramp ants:  ANTagonistPRO 80SC, AttractANT PRO Ant Bait Gel and SAS PRO fipronil Granules.  The addition of RIFA and YCA to ANTagonistPRO with polymer enhanced technology will prove to be an invaluable tool in the treatment program for these invasive ants,” said David.



Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Australian government is subsidising part of the trainees gross wages for the first 12 months of their traineeship.

The program is called Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) – (also includes traineeships) and was created to stimulate the economy coming out of COVID.

In summary the program provides:

  • Employers with a 50% Gross wage subsidy for their trainee up to $7000.00 per quarter (max. $28,000.00/yr.)
  • Entry to the program expires on the 30th September 2021

More information can be found in the below links:

This is a great opportunity for our industry to get a few more technicians Cert 3 qualified.

Queenslanders Invited to have their say on Animal Welfare law review

Queenslanders have been invited to have their say as the Palaszczuk Government initiates a major review of animal welfare laws to ensure Queensland laws keep pace with community expectations.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the review will continue to  ensure that our animal welfare laws remain current and protect the welfare of all animals in Queensland .

“I know Queenslanders love their animals as valued members of their families,” Mr Furner said.
“They are also vital to agricultural production, involved in sport and recreational activities, and they assist individuals and services in areas such as quarantine and security.”

“While the current laws have served us well, they’ve been operating for 20 years without a significant review. In that time, the community’s expectations for animal welfare has evolved.

“This review will examine all aspects of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to ensure that the Act continues to meet changing community expectations and modern animal welfare practices.
“RSPCA Queensland is an important animal welfare partner with the Queensland Government and we will be working closely with them on this review.

“I encourage anyone who has an interest in the care of animals to have a say as part of the review - whether you have pets, produce livestock for a living, or work with animals.”

As part of the review, we are seeking feedback on issues including:

  • Mandatory reporting by veterinary professionals of animal welfare concerns;Prohibited events, regulated surgical procedures and offence exemptions;
  • The use of baits and traps;
  • Restraining dogs in open utility vehicles and trucks;
  • The use of animals in science;
  • Inspector powers and arrangements for externally appointed inspectors;
  • The management of animals seized during animal welfare investigations; and
  • Penalties for animal cruelty.

Have your say before midnight, Friday May 21, 2021. Visit and search for ‘ACPA review’ to complete the survey or submit a written response.

2021 Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series – Knock Knock, Who’s there? Drawing attention to our most unwanted visitors. 

The registration page is now open for the 2021 Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series – Knock Knock, Who’s there? Drawing attention to our most unwanted visitors.

The series of seven monthly webinars and discussions will focus on the recently released National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases (EEPL) and explore the list’s purpose, its development and how it will help manage risks to Australia’s biosecurity. Each webinar will be 90 minutes, including three speakers and 30 minutes of facilitated discussion.

The first webinar ‘Biosecurity. A weakness in one is a vulnerability to all’ will provide an introduction to the series and highlight the importance of managing biosecurity risks across the spectrum of human, agricultural, environmental and marine health. We will hear from three experts who will provide their latest insights on biosecurity and the transdisciplinary approach to one health.

We look forward to welcoming Dr Andy Sheppard (CSIRO), Dr Katie Woolaston (QUT) and Professor Chad Hewitt (Murdoch) to speak on 15 April.

2021 Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series:

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Drawing attention to our most unwanted visitors

  • Biosecurity. A weakness in one is a vulnerability to all. 15 April 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Explaining the EEPL to the People – All about the National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases. 13 May 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Where there’s a path, there’s a way. An overview of pest entry pathways. 3 June 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)  
  • Pests & ecosystems – exploring risks to forests and parklands. 1 July 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Pests & ecosystems - exploring risks to marine environments. 5 August 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Pests & ecosystems - exploring risks to freshwater environments. 2 September 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Opening the toolbox. Tools and technology for detection, control and eradication. 7 October 2:00-3:30pm(AEDT)

To register for the webinar series and for more information, visit the Eventbrite registration page.

Once registered, you will be emailed the Microsoft Teams joining link and program for each session as they become available (approximately 2 weeks before each webinar).

If you would like to watch recordings from last year’s webinar series, please visit the Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series information page.

More funding for feral pest control supports the regions

Cash grants worth $1.4 million for getting rid of feral pests are now available under Round 6 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI).

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the funding was critical to supporting the agriculture sector throughout regional Queensland.

Read more here


Farmer 'lucky to be alive' after contracting deadly rodent-borne disease during mouse plague

A farmer in plague-ravaged central west New South Wales is believed to be the first known person in Australia to contract a rodent-borne form of meningitis.

Last month Darrell Jordison of Gulargambone was diagnosed with lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), which NSW Health describes as a "very rare" type of bacterial meningitis.

Read more here - ABC

"Weird" Lawn prawns appearing in Aussie homes after record rainfall

Seafood is in high demand, especially prawns.

But a different type of prawns have been popping up in Aussie homes lately – and they aren’t the kind you will be wanting on your dining table come the long weekend.

Read more  

"They’re everywhere": Fire-ravaged Mallacoota now plagued by wasps

A year after Mallacoota was almost destroyed by calamitous summer bushfires, the East Gippsland holiday hotspot is dealing with a different menace: wasps.

Many Mallacoota locals say European wasps have become a major nuisance. Residents have noticed many nests in the ground and some have reported being terrorised by the insects, particularly when they’re eating outside

Read more here - The Age

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