Flash us your best feral photos and videos

Photo comp winner 2013The Annual PestSmart Feral Photo and Video Competition is back for its seventh year, again with great prizes on offer and new categories to enter.

And this year the competition isn’t limited to animals.

There’s prizes for a number of categories, including weed, animal and community collaboration images.

The competition closes at 12 pm AEDST Friday 27 October, 2017.

Find out more at www.pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos/.

Funding for community action

Rabbit baitDid your community group miss out the most recent round of VRAN community grants?

Do you have a great idea for a community-based project, and just need some funds to get you started?

There’s a few opportunities open at the moment which might suit. Take a look at the links below.

(And if you know of any other funding streams suitable for community rabbit action, please let us know and we’ll add them to this list.)


NAB Sustainable Regions Grants support the development and implementation of regional approaches to:

  • strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government,
  • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment, and
  • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

Grant amounts will start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 payable over a maximum period of up to three years. The scheme is open to charities
that are registered with the ACNC as well as social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) and startups.

More information


Fonterra Grass Roots Fund support initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.

Support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application. Applications must be from within the regions that Fonterra operates: Darnum, Stanhope, Dennington, Cobden, Bayswater, Spreyton and Wynyard.

More information


Victorian Government Community Skills Development Grants aim to strengthen environmental volunteer group and network capacity by supporting learning and skills development opportunities, and encouraging knowledge sharing with other groups and networks.

Groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 and networks or partnerships of groups and networks can apply for up to $20,000.

Grants will be open to all Victorian volunteer community-based environment groups and are involved in the delivery of on-ground environmental works.

More information


Better hop to it! Grant applications closing soon

Imagine what an extra $2000 – $5000 could do for your community group…

Is your not-for-profit community group planning a rabbit management project, event or activity?

And will it enhance the effect of the new strain of calici virus (RHDV1 K5) and benefit communities, environment and agriculture?

If you answered yes, you may be eligible for a small grant under the Victorian Rabbit Action Network Community Action Grants Program.

But get in quickly, because applications are closing at 5 pm on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.

Community groups can apply for grants of up to $5000 for one-off projects. For further information or to discuss your project, contact VRAN Grants Coordinator, Heidi Kleinert (heidi.kleinert@ecodev.vic.gov.au), or visit www.rabbitaction.com/forms for funding guidelines and application forms.

Help us improve rabbit management in Victoria

CassieAre you involved in rabbit management in Victoria?

Complete our survey and you could win a copy of Those Wild Rabbits, Bruce Munday’s insightful new book on Australia’s struggle against our rabbit foe.

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) is undertaking a survey of people who are involved in rabbit management activities in Victoria.

The findings will inform how VRAN supports people, communities and organisations to achieve more sustainable and effective rabbit control.

Complete the VRAN rabbit management survey online.

The survey is short. It will only take 5-20 minutes to complete, and responses will be confidential. You can enter the prize draw by providing your contact details at the end of the survey.

Community Action Grants now open

Granite Creeks field day
A field day hosted by the Granite Creeks Landcare network in 2016, funded by VRAN.

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network is pleased to announce a new grants program to support community action on rabbits.

Local community groups can apply for grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to support activities that complement the recent release of the new calicivirus strain RHDV K5.

Funding can be used to improve collaboration, community-led action, capacity building or awareness raising in relation to RHDV K5 and integrated rabbit management programs.

Applications close 23 August. For more information and to apply visit www.rabbitaction.com/forms/.

Communities tackle rabbit problem as one!

A landholder working on their own can make a difference on the land, as part of community working together landholders can make the difference in the landscape.

Tim Bloomfied, Mentor Victorian Rabbit Action Network

What do you do when rabbit populations have your community in a stew? You get everybody together and design a way to tackle it together, and then you tell the rest of Australia. Well, that’s how the Bellarine Peninsula went about it.

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