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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Whats the buzz….. Watch this short clip and find out

Last year we held the Victorian Rabbit Management Conference: Connecting knowledge and know-how for effective community action on rabbits. Drawing over 155 participants from across the Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand, it has been described as creating a positive ‘buzz’ for rabbit management in Victoria.

As part of the conference we interviewed leaders on their perspective on rabbit management in this short YouTube clip below. Please feel free to distribute across your networks.


 

Some thoughts and recollections: 2015 year of upset for the rabbit

by Tim Bloomfield

2015 has become of the year of rabbit upset.  There have been both established Landcare groups and new landholders forming into groups interested in learning about and doing rabbit management in 2015.

This interest, in how to rabbit control successfully, has come mostly from the traditional rabbit areas (landscapes of highly suitable soils with ongoing rabbit problems over the last 150+ years) such as Bacchus Marsh, Rowsley Valley and from places of increasing awareness of rabbit impact Macedon Ranges Shire Council: – Kyneton; Yarra/Silvan sites:-Yarra Valley Agribusiness Group (YVAG); Surf Coast; Phillip Island etc.

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Small Grants Program

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network is pleased to launch the Small Grants Program to support community-led innovation in rabbit management. A total of $60,000 will be provided for projects between $1,000 – $10,000 to support community groups in rabbit management to work together to build capacity and facilitate knowledge sharing networks.

Recent feedback from workshops convened at the Victorian Rabbit Management Conference have been used to further refine potential project ideas in the funding guidelines.

For a copy of the funding guidelines, please click here.

For a copy of the application form, please click here.