Rabbit CONTROL

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

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. 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.

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

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 or QMDC Land and Water Regional Coordinator Vanessa Macdonald on mobile: 0428 712 955 or email vanessam@qmdc.org.au

This project is supported by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Queensland Government State Regional NRM Investment Program.

 

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