Rabbit Baiting - practice run in Kergunyah
Thanks to DELWP funding received for Biodiversity Response Planning, we are about to have a rabbit baiting practice run and training event for landholders participating in this project in the Kergunyah area. This will be over the 21st and 22nd April and demonstrate what the step by step process is for baiting rabbits, starting with notification of neighbours. This is quite an involved process so for now this is just for the participating landholders. The ‘learnings’ will be showcased as, of course, the more landholders actively controlling rabbits using the correct methods, the better for all.
Why a practice run? The summer season is usually the best time to be baiting because rabbits are stressed at this time of year due to dry and brown grass and reduced variety to forage on. However this summer we saw so much rain and an extended season of green grass, that the rabbits didn’t experience that stress. This meant that laying out oats was not going to have the uptake as they would when there is more food scarcity. So we are having a practice run to all become familiar with the baiting steps involved, ready for next season.
The State Government is encouraging farmers, fishers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts to have their say on proposed regulations to govern recreational activity on Crown Land with river frontage and grazing licences.
Have your say on changes to riverside Crown land
Parliament has recently passed amendments to the Land Act 1958 to remove the prohibition of camping on licensed river frontages. To support the changes, the State Government will create consistent regulations for these licensed areas.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has drafted proposed regulations to govern the recreational use of Crown Land that has grazing licences and water frontage.
To have your say, complete the online survey, email the department with your feedback or write to Land Management Policy Division, DELWP, PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 8002. Consultation closes 19 April 2021