A new Rabbit Control Coordinator has been appointed as the State Government works with landholders to wipe out local populations of Australia’s most destructive environmental and agricultural pest.
South Australia’s new Rabbit Control Coordinator, Josh Rosser, has been funded as a partnership thanks to $260,000 from the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the impact of rabbits on South Australia’s agriculture sector is estimated to be in excess of $30 million annually.
“Rabbits are a blight on the environment and require constant attention,” said Minister Whetstone.
“The cost of controlling rabbit populations and the economic impact these destructive pests have on South Australia’s agricultural industries is huge.
“That’s why the appointment of a Rabbit Control Coordinator in South Australia is important in ensuring the efforts of landholders, farmers and governments are integrated to achieve the maximum benefit in pest control.
“Mr Rosser will work to drive greater effectiveness from control programs and empower the community, conservation and farming groups to collaborate in managing rabbit populations.”
The coordinator will provide guidance about how landholders can complement widespread use of biocontrol agents, such as calicivirus, with regular baiting, fumigation and ripping of warrens.
South Australian landholder and industry groups interested in establishing local rabbit control programs can contact their local Natural Resources Centre (www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au) or the Rabbit Control Coordinator on 8429 3219.