Napthine Govt Undertakes Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative

Napthine Govt Undertakes Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative

Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh

Land Managers Unite In New Rabbit Control Initiative

Victor P Taffa

  • Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative launched
  • $300,000 in funding from Victorian Government and Invasive Animals CRC

A new Victorian initiative that supports community-led action on rabbits to deliver better management outcomes has been launched today by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh.

 

 

 

Mr. Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government recognised rabbits are a major pest that causes significant economic and environmental damage.

“The Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative recognises that coordinated community-led efforts can deliver improved management outcomes.” Mr. Walsh said.

“To support this approach, the Victorian Government and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre is providing funding of $300,000 towards the initiative.”

“Community-led rabbit management is already taking place, but the initiative aims to improve the coordination of activities and share expertise to deliver more effective and efficient action.”

“The initiative includes training and mentoring program to develop the next generation of rabbit control experts, ensuring we retain our future capability for rabbit management.” Mr. Walsh said.

“It also includes a small grants and workshop program that will boost collaboration, coordination, networking and mapping capability in order to help land managers plan their rabbit control activities.”

Other initiative programs will facilitate improvements to warren ripping quality and the flow of funding for community-led action. Opportunities to support Blackberry Action Groups in Victoria and extend their focus to rabbit management will also be investigated.

“An important part of the initiative will be to share success stories which will provide support for participants and motivate future action.” Mr. Walsh said.

A skills-based steering group chaired by Gerald Leach will lead the initiative which also involves Landcare, government and industry representatives.