Northern Bendigo Landcare Group have a long-term vision of a rabbit-free environment along Bendigo Creek.
To help them achieve this, the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group (NBLG) received a Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) grant to fund an awareness-raising event for community members.
The resulting rabbit control workshop was oversubscribed, with more than 70 people coming along to hear guest presentations from Neil Devanny (rabbit management mentor from VRAN), Peter West (RabbitScan program leader from the Department of Primary Industries NSW) and Ben Perry (Biosecurity Officer from Agriculture Victoria).
The guest speakers shared their knowledge on best-practice rabbit control methods, monitoring rabbit populations, and the new rabbit biocontrol virus RHDV K5. Field demonstrations were provided by Bendigo local and NBLG member, Jason Coulson, who has undertaken rabbit control training with through VRAN.
Participants included local landholders, TAFE students, Landcarers, and staff from Coliban Water, City of Greater Bendigo, Fosterville Gold Mine, Loddon Mallee Heritage, Parks Victoria and Agriculture Victoria. Many attendees shared the Landcare vision of a rabbit-free environment along Bendigo Creek, and are keen to volunteer for the NBLG’s future rabbit control programs.
VRAN provides support for the many communities proactively working together to solve their rabbit issues. VRAN’s Community Action Grant funding has helped 10 community groups to raise awareness about rabbit issues in Victoria and support community-led action during 2017-2018.