As part of ongoing efforts to manage the damage caused by rabbits, the Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative (Initiative) commenced in October 2014. The Initiative is the result of a collaborative project between the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).

The Initiative will support community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria. It recognises the importance of all land holders, land managers and groups with rabbit management responsibilities to coordinate their effort around clear goals.

The Initiative will roll out six strategies that target skills development, learning and network development and community-based innovation. It will support pro-active groups to work together to plan, resource and coordinate their effort on rabbits.

The Initiative is resourced for two years with combined sponsorship of $100,000 cash and $200,000 in-kind from the IA CRC and DEPI. It will be led by a skills-based Victorian Rabbit Action Network Steering Group of community, industry and government leaders with the support of the National Rabbit Facilitator. Planning is being undertaken, with strategy implementation from early 2015.

Members of the Steering Group are:

Member Affiliations
Gerald Leach (Chair) Chair, Victoria Farmers Federation Land Management Committee and Chair, National Farmers’ Federation Natural Resources Committee
Neil Devanny Member, Gooram Valley Landcare Group Committee and Granite Creeks Project Inc.
Kaye Rodden Secretary, Victorian Landcare Council and President, Barrabool Hills Landcare Group
Lyn Coulston Chair, North East Catchment Management Authority
Mark Watt Statewide Program Coordinator, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Ben Fahey Program Leader, Biodiversity and Invasive Species, Parks Victoria
Fern Hames Science Manager Communication and Collaboration, Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning