European rabbit (feral or wild)
|Common name:||European rabbit|
|Scientific name:||Oryctolagus cuniculus|
|Other common name/s:||rabbit, European wild rabbit|
Rabbits are Australia's most costly vertebrate pest animal, causing more than $200 million in agricultural production losses each year. Less than one rabbit per hectare can prevent the successful regeneration of native vegetation which is vital for biodiversity and farm productivity.
New initiative to bolster rabbit management
As part of ongoing efforts to manage the damage caused by rabbits, the Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative (Initiative) commenced in October 2014. The Initiative is the result of a collaborative project between the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
The Initiative will support community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria. It recognises the importance of all land holders, land managers and groups with rabbit management responsibilities to coordinate their effort around clear goals.
The Initiative will roll out six strategies that target skills development, learning and network development and community-based innovation. It will support pro-active groups to work together to plan, resource and coordinate their effort on rabbits.
The Initiative is resourced for two years with combined sponsorship of $100,000 cash and $200,000 in-kind from the IA CRC and DEDJTR. It will be led by a skills-based Steering Group of community, industry and government leaders with the support of the National Rabbit Facilitator. Planning is being undertaken, with strategy implementation from early 2015.
Members of the Steering Group are:
|Gerald Leach (Chair)||Chair, Victoria Farmers Federation Land Management Committee and Chair, National Farmers' Federation Natural Resources Committee|
|Neil Devanny||Member, Gooram Valley Landcare Group Committee and Granite Creeks Project Inc.|
|Kaye Rodden||Secretary, Victorian Landcare Council|
|Lyn Coulston||Chair, North East Catchment Management Authority|
|Beth Jones||Operations Director, Grampians Region, DEDJTR|
|Ben Fahey||Program Leader, Biodiversity and Invasive Species, Parks Victoria|
|Fern Hames||Science Manager Communication and Collaboration, Arthur Rylah Institute, DEDJTR|
The Initiative was launched by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Safety on 29 October 2014.
Contact: Michael Reid, National Rabbit Facilitator – email@example.com