Putting rabbit control back on the map
13 June 2017
Surveillance for evidence of rabbits began at Chetwynd last week.
Agriculture Victoria biosecurity officers have inspected 70 properties adjoining the Glenelg River to record the presence of rabbits and discuss control options with landholders in the area.
Rabbits are a significant threat to agricultural and environmental assets in the region. Overgrazing and burrowing reduces important vegetation, increasing soil erosion and sediment loads into the Glenelg River.
All private and public land managers within a specific area were included in the project.
Agriculture Victoria Leading Biosecurity Officer in Hamilton Dallas Gooding said it was the last remaining section of Glenelg River yet to be inspected by the Department and assessed for rabbits.
"While rabbits are not expected to be found in large populations, it is timely for landowners to clean up any remaining warrens and rabbit harbour to ensure viability of the land and health of the waterway," Ms Gooding said.
"It is far more cost effective to manage and maintain rabbits at low levels rather than waiting until the population has increased to trigger control action.
"Where rabbits are detected, landowners will be provided with maps of the infestations and information on best practice rabbit control to ensure the most effective control outcomes are achieved.
"Consistent timeframes and expectations for rabbit control have been developed to ensure all land managers are working together in a timely manner, optimising the outcomes that can be achieved and managing rabbits to standard thresholds."
Properties found to have rabbits will be reinspected during summer to determine the level of control works completed.
For more information on the Chetwynd rabbit project or best practice rabbit control call 136 186 or visit Agriculture Victoria at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au.
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