Rabbit and Blackberry Project

We work to minimise the impact of rabbits In the Granite Belt by focussing on warren ripping and blackberry control.

In Wallangarra, one of the areas of heaviest infestations in Queensland, we have joined forces with the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) to offer incentives to landholders to take part in a program of coordinated rabbit control works.

Financial rebates are being made available in two stages. Landholders who undertake approved works will be able to claim back 30% of the cost of control.  Approved works will involve mechanical ripping of rabbit warrens as this has been proven as the most effective and lasting rabbit control technique.

The population is confined to a reasonably small area so we believe effective control is achievable.

Did you know?

• Rabbits consume a lot of pasture – approximately 100 rabbits eat as much pasture as one beast. And one large warren complex may house 100 rabbits.
• Rabbits eat high value small crops from seedlings through to mature plants and damage fruit trees by eating their bark – one local Applethorpe apple grower recently lost 200 young trees to rabbits originating from one warren, at a replacement cost of $16 per tree.
• Rabbits pose serious environmental impacts – studies have shown they can significantly alter the composition of native plant communities through selective browsing.

To find out more about the rabbit control financial rebates, contact SDRC Local Laws (Pest Management) Officer, Craig Magnussen on 1300 697 372.

Upcoming Events

17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference - Canberra

01 May 2017

Innovative Solutions for Vertebrate Pest Animal Management, May 1-4, 2017 Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, next to the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra ACT. Welcome function - Monday, 1st May 2017 (evening)…  + read more

Labour Day Public Holiday

01 May 2017

QMDC's offices will be closed for the Labour Day Public Holiday.  + read more

Wallumbilla Show

05 May 2017

May 5 & 6. More: http://wallumbillashow.com/  + read more