Murrayville farmer fined for not controlling rabbits
11 December 2015
A Murrayville landowner has been convicted and fined $8,000 plus $1,300 in court costs after failing to comply with multiple Land Management Notices relating to rabbit control.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Prosecutor Tanyth Young said the landowner was served with four notices in March 2014 relating to rabbit control.
This action followed an insufficient level of response by the landowner to Directions Notices issued to them in September 2013 to control rabbits.
When DEDJTR Biosecurity Officers conducted inspections in May 2014, they observed that inadequate control work had been undertaken.
DEDJTR took action, employing contractors to complete the works at a cost of almost $80,000.
Magistrate McNamara said all landowners needed to play their part in pest management.
He also explained that farmers needed to take responsibility for rabbit activity on their farms and that the accused was given time to take appropriate action and didn't.
DEDJTR Biosecurity Officer Ben Perry said properties in the area were inspected as part of the 2013-14 Murrayville Rabbit Project, which covered 60,000 hectares.
"The project was strongly supported by a range of stakeholders, including the Murrayville Landcare Group, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
"Under this program, 164 properties were inspected over two weeks with 41 Direction Notices and 25 Land Management Notices issued for rabbit control.
"The only landowner who failed to comply was the accused," he said.
Mr Perry reminded landowners that effective rabbit control requires the use of all available techniques and that proper warren ripping and destruction in particular plays a key role in effective long-term rabbit control.
Stage Three of the Murrayville project will begin this month, with 79 properties to be inspected around the Cowangie and Danyo area.
For more information about rabbit control visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.
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