Project targets rabbits on the Southern Downs

We are working to minimise the impact of rabbits in the Wallangarra and The Summit districts by coordinating rabbit control focussing on warren ripping.

This area has one of the areas of heaviest infestations in Queensland so 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.

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

Read a recent article about why now is the best time to be targetting this pest.

Financial rebates are available!

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.

Keep an eye on our events calendar for pending field days where ripping is being demonstrated. 

This project is supported by funding from The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative*.  It is also being suported by the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board, the University of Southern Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland.

Did you know?

  • Rabbits consume a lot of pasture – approximately 80 rabbits eat as much pasture as one beast.
  • 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
QMDC Land and Water Regional Coordinator Vanessa Macdonald on mobile: 0428 712 955 or email

*The Queenland Feral Pest initiative has received funding through the Queensland Government to support the growth of a productive and prosperous food and fibre sector in Queensland, Queensland Government’s Rural Assistance Package and the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy. 



Upcoming Events

Wild Pig Conference 2018

15 April 2018

This year, we're proud to have Darren Marshall, our pest animal control specialist, speaking at the International Wild Pig Conference in Oklahoma City, USA. The conference showcases the latest in wild pig research…  + read more

National Reconciliation Week

28 May 2018

QMDC is encouraging the community to take part in events acknowledging National Reconciliation Week. As an organisation that values and promotes reconciliation, we will be marking the occasion by supporting or attending…  + read more

QMDC Members Meeting

06 July 2018

We invite members of the community to join our Member organisations to get an update on our activities and project highlights in the region. Your opportunity to meet our team, our Executive Committee and to give feedback…  + read more