The The Victorian Rabbit Action Network Leadership in Rabbit Management bootcamp took place in early April at Neds Corner in the state’s far North-West. CO2 Australia’s Vanessa Oxley was among the group of volunteers, agency staff and pest control experts that were there to tackle the big challenges in rabbit control, including working through culturally and environmentally sensitive issues and effective partnership management.
History tells us the European rabbit is the most destructive pest animal in the Australian natural and agricultural landscape. Two rabbits will be 184 rabbits in just 18 months. This is an alarming fact learnt at the three-day bootcamp where CO2 Australia joined the leadership group from across Victoria to share and learn of the challenges and wins in controlling rabbits across fences.
VRAN ran a well-informed technical workshop focusing on the facts, that a well-managed integrated pest management program is far more cost effective than one off treatments. When we put our focuses elsewhere the rabbit is back in high numbers. Groups like CO2 Australia, Landcare, Parks Victoria and rabbit control experts have been working together in the north west of Victoria to ease the burden on the landscape from the rabbit who doesn’t stay on its side of the fence. A community approach of working together.
You can get more information about the VRAN at https://rabbitaction.com