Ripping into rabbits at Chetwynd
16 October 2015
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is conducting a rabbit management project along the Glenelg River at Chetwynd.
DEDJTR Biosecurity Officer Dallas Gooding said the program will complement an extension project delivered in the upper reaches of the river in 2007. The first stage of the program includes approximately 120 properties.
"The upper reaches of the Glenelg River are particularly vulnerable to rabbits burrowing on the bank making them unstable, increasing sedimentation and leading to loss of valuable vegetation," Mrs Gooding said.
"Inspections will be undertaken across every property within the project area. We expect to complete private land, crown land and roadside inspections across the project area by mid-December."
During inspections, DEDJTR staff will discuss the program with landholders, provide information to assist with rabbit control specific to each property and comprehensively map areas of rabbit activity.
Mrs Gooding said where infestations of rabbits are identified, landholders will be provided with maps and information to support the destruction of rabbit warrens through ripping and fumigation.
"DEDJTR encourages all landholders to get involved and do their bit over the next 12 months to eliminate the need for any compliance action after properties are reinspected," she said.
"It's vital that all landholders act simultaneously to minimise the impact of one of our most destructive pests.
"Successful rabbit management is achieved when a landholders work together to implement a range of control methods in line with best practice."
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.
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