Rabbit grazing leads to the spread of weeds
Rabbit grazing leads to the spread of weeds

Rabbit Control Plan 2019

This engagement is complete

Date: Friday, 16 August 2019 to Monday, 16 September 2019

Background

Rabbits are an introduced pest to Australia and are declared as “established pest animals” under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. Every landowner, including the City, is responsible for the control of rabbits on their land.

To successfully control rabbits on a landscape scale we need a long-term plan with an integrated management approach and coordinated effort with the community.

Consultation sessions held late August at Leopold Community Hub, Lara Community Centre and the National Wool Museum were an opportunity for the community to provide input into the Plan.  

If you missed these sessions but would still like to contribute, you can do so by completing the survey below. This survey will close at the end of the rabbit consultation period on 16 September 2019.


Key findings

The City is developing a Rabbit Control Plan. This plan will have a long-term, integrated management focus to ensure the City can successfully control rabbits on City-managed reserves and roadsides.

The City undertook community consultation prior to the development of the draft Rabbit Control Plan in which 108 people participated. There were two phases of consultation:

1. December 2018 and January 2019 - 16 participants via a workshop and a feedback form.
2. August to October 2019 - 90 participants via three workshops and a survey.

A total of 580 specific comments were received in the pre-draft consultation. 

Below is a summary of our findings.

What we heard

  • Over 40% of comments (239) wanted the plan to include actions that support the community.
  • Participants identified many locations where rabbits were a problem across the municipality (176 comments in total). The majority of which included City-managed reserves and roadsides. 
  • Over two thirds (68%) of respondents stated the damage caused by rabbits had increased over the past three years.
  • Only 7% thought rabbit impacts had decreased.
  • Ninety percent of survey participants were concerned about the damage rabbits were causing to native flora and fauna.
  • Participants who control rabbits on their land mostly baited using Pindone, performed fumigation and removed harbour.
  • There were a lot of positive comments for warren destruction activities and the implementation of an integrated control program.
  • Fifty participants wanted the plan to focus on coordinating control efforts with the community and other stakeholders.
  • Twenty-two participants commented the City should run more partnership programs with other land managers, community groups and government agencies.
  • Over 30 participants wanted the City's messaging to focus on the harm rabbits cause to our environment.
  • Participants also suggested the City should distribute rabbit control factsheets and run more rabbit control field days.