Council organises an ongoing program of rabbit control on parks, natural areas and operational lands such as tourist parks, in order to reduce the risk of injury from disturbed ground to park users, and to protect planting and landscaping programs in parks and natural areas.
Rabbit control techniques
Baiting using Pindone-treated oats and carrots.
Biological controls, involving the occasional release of the RHDV (rabbit callici virus) control agent. Note that Council is not involved in any release of the myxamatosis virus.
Contractor shooting on selected sites during periods of high rabbit populations.
Council does not have general responsibility for rabbit control in the city. Under state legislation, all landowners with rabbits on their property are responsible for their control. Council only has responsibility for the management of rabbit issues on its own land. The State Agency with control of wild rabbit problems is the Local Land Services (LLS).
Email Council to report rabbit infestations
Council makes no commitment to follow up individual reports, but all reports are valuable in helping staff develop, implement and monitor the program.
You can report rabbit activity through the Feral Scan website. This web-mapping system is hosted by the Invasive Animals CRC and supports regional NRM groups, local Councils, and landholders.
Visit Feral Scan or download the Mobile App from the App Store for iPhone or Google Playstores for Android.
The one-way Rabbit Box!
Kevin McHugh, a Council volunteer helping with rabbit control, devised a unique system for removing rabbits from the underfloor area of buildings. There was a problem with rabbits under the Catholic Church at Sussex Inlet. The sub floor area was all bricked up but rabbits were getting in through the ventilators. Many properties share this problem, and people don't want to fully enclose the sub-floor area and leave the rabbits to a slow death under the house.
Kevin devised his one-way rabbit box, like a one-way pet door, and built it from scrap materials. He put wire over all but one of the entrances, and used the box to allow rabbits out but not in. You can see how the device works from the photos below.
Of course, it doesn't catch or dispose of the bunnies, but removing hiding places for rabbits is the most effective thing that people can do to reduce rabbit numbers in their area. And, who knows, perhaps some bright spark will develop a holding pen for the bunnies that come out.
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