will have eight weeks to comment on the Draft Rabbit Control Plan 2020-24,
which outlines how the City will control rabbits on City-managed land and
support the community to reduce impacts elsewhere.
are an introduced species and are Australia’s most serious herbivore vertebrate
pest. They degrade precious ecosystems by selectively grazing, promoting the
spread of invasive weeds and aggressively competing with livestock for pasture.
Many native plants and animals are negatively affected by competition and land
degradation by rabbits.
draft plan details how the City will prioritise areas for control and deliver
an integrated rabbit control program across the municipality. It also outlines
how the City will partner with Landcare groups and the community to effectively
manage rabbits on private land.
of the proposed actions over the next five years include:
- Map warrens on priority sites
and carry out extensive works;
- Trial new and innovative
- Explore new monitoring
technologies, such as remote sensing cameras and drones;
- Partner with Landcare
groups to develop programs to help landowners with rabbit control; and
- Restore affected sites with
activities like intensive weed control to encourage natural regeneration.
plan has been shaped by expert advice, community input, the City’s
responsibilities as a land manager and industry best-practice information.
City received 580 specific comments from the community from workshops, surveys
and focus groups. Sixty-three per cent of respondents felt that rabbit numbers
have increased in their local area over the past three years.
City’s Rural and Peri Urban Advisory Committee has already endorsed the draft
community is invited to comment on this draft between 1 July 2020 and 25 August
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
Pest control is
a complex issue but there’s no doubt rabbits have caused serious damage to
habitats, vegetation and farmland throughout our region.
In the past
there’s been community interest in how the City and other landholders manage
the issue, so I encourage residents to read this report, which is as thorough
as it is interesting, and give their feedback.
Councillor Jim Mason, Chair, Rural and Coastal portfolio
Rabbits are a serious threat to Greater Geelong’s ecosystems and
sustainability. This introduced pest prefers grazing on native seedlings and
supports the spread of weeds. They degrade the environment and farmland, cause
the erosion of waterways and undermine embankments.
Addressing damage caused by rabbits and preventing further harm to
habitats and land is a vital part in protecting our region’s unique
environment. The situation requires all stakeholders to participate to ensure
We have heard the community’s call to increase our rabbit control
activities and this comprehensive plan adopts industry best practice to address
this complex issue. This important strategy goes out for eight weeks of final
community consultation before adoption by council.