Hop to it!

05 September, 2018
/ By Lauren

Participants at the first rabbit leadership program in 2016.

Are you looking to boost your rabbit management expertise? Do you currently manage a rabbit control program in your community or workplace? Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others for better rabbit control?

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network Leadership in Rabbit Control Course is now open to all Victorians currently involved in the management of rabbits on private or public land.

The free program is delivered over 2.5 days, with a mix of classroom and practical field-based training to boost technical skills and best practice knowledge.

Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) Chair and north-west Victorian farmer Gerald Leach said it was essential that communities and agencies felt motivated and supported to conduct effective rabbit control programs.

“Despite the best intentions of land managers, organisations and government agencies, the effectiveness of rabbit control projects undertaken across Victoria varies considerably,” Mr Leach said.

“This training is led by experts in rabbit management and community engagement, to support more effective and long-term rabbit control on public and private land.”

The course will be facilitated by VRAN mentors who are recognised experts in rabbit management and community-led action. As a group, they provide insights and knowledge from their extensive experience across community, industry and government.

Mr Leach said the program would re-invigorate local rabbit control efforts.

“Following the training course, participants will have the opportunity to form an ongoing learning network that would meet regularly to share ideas and support each other’s local rabbit management plans,” Mr Leach said.

“VRAN is also offering eligible participants $1,000 VRAN community action grants to assist in raising awareness and building capacity in their community.”

Applications are welcome from community members, volunteers and professionals interested in leading rabbit management, whether it be through a community or farming group, Landcare, government agency, Catchment Management Authority or another organisation with responsibilities in land management. Twenty places are available for the 2018 course.

Find out more and apply: rabbitaction.com/leadership-course/

Applications close 26 September.

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN), is a community pest management group established in 2014 to promote community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria. 

By ‘helping people, help the land’, VRAN aims to create a strong collaborative culture in Victoria whereby local communities can successfully manage rabbits in their area through partnerships with land managers, industry and agencies.

The course is an initiative of VRAN, supported with funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Agriculture Victoria.

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