Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officers are enterprise property inspections within the Avon Plains space to assist the Avon Plains-Banyena Landcare Group and broader group with rabbit administration.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer Josh Howard mentioned the financial and environmental affect of rabbits within the south-west area has been an issue for a few years.
“The affect of rabbits within the Avon Plains space, notably across the Avon Plains Lakes, is of explicit concern,” he mentioned.
The Avon Plains-Banyena Landcare Group not too long ago obtained funding from the Victorian Rabbit Motion Community to implement a Rabbit Buster Program involving two group workshops, a survey of the realm and a rabbit motion plan.
“Agriculture Victoria workers introduced data at a workshop in 2021 to debate greatest apply rabbit administration with group members.
“The venture will embody 66 properties and 24 roadsides within the Avon Plains space surrounding Lake Batyo Catyo, Walkers Lake, Hollands Lake and Hancocks Lake.
“All private and non-private land inside the designated venture space can be inspected for the presence of rabbits.”
Mr Howard mentioned the perfect rabbit management outcomes are achieved when landowners work collectively and implement administration concurrently.
“Throughout the inspections, we are going to talk about the venture with landholders, present data to help with rabbit management particular to every property and comprehensively map areas of rabbit exercise,” he mentioned.
“Finest apply rabbit administration includes management methods akin to baiting and ripping they usually grow to be simpler this time yr as a result of the rabbits usually tend to eat bait and soil is extra friable and higher for ripping.
“Beneath Part 20 of the Catchment and Land Safety Act 1994 (CaLP Act) landowners have a duty to stop the unfold of, and so far as attainable eradicate, established pest animals.
“This ensures pest animals don’t adversely have an effect on agricultural manufacturing on neighbouring farms or affect on the pure setting.
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