Rabbit control program to protect Glenelg River assets
5 October 2016
Around 140 properties will be inspected this month in stage two of a large-scale rabbit control program that aims to protect the Glenelg River and significant flora and fauna at Chetwynd in the West Wimmera Shire.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer James Rowe said the program will build on the first stage of property inspections completed last year and will complement a previous extension project delivered in the river's upper reaches.
"Rabbits inflict significant economic and environmental cost, and the upper reaches of the Glenelg River are particularly vulnerable to rabbits burrowing on the bank making them unstable, increasing sedimentation and leading to the loss of valuable vegetation," Mr Rowe said.
Agriculture Victoria officers will inspect every property within the project area, with properties found with rabbit warrens last year inspected again to ensure rabbit control works have been completed.
"During inspections, Agriculture Victoria staff will discuss the program with landholders, provide information to help with rabbit control specific to each property, and comprehensively map areas of rabbit activity," Mr Rowe said.
"Where infestations of rabbits are identified, landholders will be provided with maps and information to assist with the destruction of rabbit warrens through ripping and fumigation."
Mr Rowe said that a combination of control methods, such as fumigation and "ripping" warrens, is the most effective approach to long-term rabbit control.
"Agriculture Victoria urges all landholders in the area to get involved and do their bit over the next 12 months to eliminate the need for compliance action after properties are re-inspected," he said.
"It's vital that landholders act together to minimise the impact of one of our most destructive pests. Successful rabbit management is achieved when landholders work together to implement a range of control methods."
Under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, it is the responsibility of landholders to take all reasonable steps to control, and as far as possible, eradicate, rabbits on their property.
For more information about pest animal control visit http://go.vic.gov.au/HZ3YJV or call the Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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