Rabbit and weed management has a new 'photo' voice – join the conversation
20 March 2017
Rabbit and weed management now has a community-led social media tool to highlight real-life experiences – and your stories are needed.
North west Victorian farmer and Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) chair Gerald Leach has announced the launch of the new Photovoice platform, a site where community members can post their stories and upload photos about their experiences with weed and rabbit management.
"We've all experienced the good, the bad and ugly with regard to pest management and, starting right now, it is time to share your story," said Mr Leach.
VRAN has been working in partnership with Agriculture Victoria and other community pest management groups in a new study to better understand how communities, government and industry bodies manage weeds and rabbits.
Agriculture Victoria program manager Mike Reid said the study aims to connect with numerous and diverse people involved in weed and rabbit management.
"Photovoice can capture everyone's view and we would love to hear from private and public land managers, farmers, pest controllers, scientists, environmental consultants, students, business owners, people from government, industry and not-for-profits," he said.
"We want to hear from people of diverse ages and backgrounds, including those people who are not yet involved but deep down know they want to or should be in the conversation."
A statewide workshop will be held next month, where communities from across Victoria will review posts on Photovoice, as well as other report findings on weeds and rabbit management in Victoria.
Workshop participants will be invited to identify where the best opportunities are for further investment for the effective management of weeds and rabbits.
"Sharing your story on Photovoice is easy – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with a few key points and please include any photos you may have," said Mr Leach.
Community members have one month to join the conversation on Photovoice and help contribute to future community action and investment on widely established invasive species.
For further information visit the Weeds and Rabbits website.
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