Christmas message

19 December, 2019
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VRAN Chair Gerry Leach on his farm

VRAN Chair Gerry Leach and his kelpies, on his farm at Walpeup, in north west Victoria.

2019 has been a big year for VRAN. I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of our achievements, including:

  • Hosting our third Leadership in Rabbit Control Course (a.k.a. the Rabbit Bootcamp) as well as several Learning Network meetings at French Island, The Briars, Werribee, Sunbury, Queenscliff, Point Cook
  • Building Aboriginal cultural awareness with VRAN and partners at a workshop held at Neds Corner
  • Supporting nine community groups through the VRAN Community Action Grants program, who engaged over 700 community members in local rabbit programs
  • Building our VRAN Mentor Program with the recruitment of three new mentors, Peter Barnes, Geoff McFarlane and Tom Miller
  • Providing mentoring to our networks, community groups, land managers and government agencies across Victoria to increase awareness of best-practice rabbit control, and support people and organisations to collaborate on rabbit action.


Global recognition

Together with Agriculture Victoria, VRAN received the  United Nations Award for excellence in Public Service. Receiving a United Nations award is global recognition of our work and demonstrates the importance of genuine public participation in initiatives that impact the community.


International publications

The VRAN approach was also published in two journals:

Thank you to all the contributing authors for sharing the VRAN story.


Our volunteers

I also wanted to acknowledge the volunteer time that has been put into all the VRAN programs and the countless rabbit management programs across Victoria. Your tireless efforts make our landscape  look and function significantly better. Our achievements above would not be possible without your enthusiasm and commitment.


Bigger and better

2020 is shaping up to be an even bigger year, with the launch of our VRAN Rabbit Strategy, the hosting of our fourth leadership course, the VRAN model being presented at the 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference and much, much more.

On behalf of the VRAN committee and mentors we hope you have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2020.


Gerald Leach

VRAN Chair

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