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Hopping onto rabbit control

Monday 17 June 2019

Landholders and producers impacted by rabbits are being invited to get the latest tips on controlling Australia’s most destructive environmental and agricultural pest.


Estimated to cost South Australian primary industries $30 million annually, in collaboration with local NRM boards, PIRSA Biosecurity SA is organising a series of workshops in coming weeks across the state as part of a statewide program to support community and industry groups to maximise their efforts in rabbit control.

Rabbit Control Coordinator, Josh Rosser said the coordination of broad scale control programs has proven to be a vital component towards landscape scale success against the pest.

Since commencing in the role earlier this year Mr Rosser has been working closely with Natural Resources staff and landholders, fostering connections between community organisations and neighbours to promote shared actions in rabbit control.

“Already there have been some positive results where producers and landholders have formed groups to create broader control areas,” he said.

The forthcoming series of educational workshops covering all aspects of rabbit control, will also include individualised support, information and advice on the right mix of best practice management to suit the local area.

Before commencing any rabbit control program, Mr Rosser advised landholders and producers to consider using all available control tools rather than just relying on bio controls and to ensure that as many rabbits as possible are exposed to as many different control methods as possible

Workshops will be conducted at the following locations:

  • Central Hills – Tuesday 18 June
  • Paruna – Tuesday 25 June
  • Avenue Ranges – Friday 28 June
  • Coromandel East – Tuesday 2 July
  • Mount Gambier – Tuesday 9 July
  • Willalooka – Thursday 25 July
  • Wistow – Thursday 1 August

Registration is compulsory. To register or to obtain further information contact Josh Rosser at PIRSA Biosecurity SA on (08) 8429 3219 or joshua.rosser2@sa.gov.au

Keep an eye out for more workshops to be scheduled in the South East: https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/alerts_news_events

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