Feral rabbit reduction program roll out on the Central Coast 12-Feb-2019
In NSW, competition and herbivory by the European rabbit is listed as a key threatening process under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. The wild rabbit is identified as a priority pest species in the Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Pest Animal Plan 2018-2023.
Central Coast Deer and Vermin Control and Council is participating in a feral rabbit reduction program led by Greater Sydney Local Land Services across the Central Coast. The program will begin on 11 February 2019.
The program involves the release of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1-K5), also known as Calicivirus and is designed to complement ongoing control efforts on private and public land.
Council undertakes targeted control actions to manage rabbits, such as baiting, shooting, fumigation or destruction of warrens, on Council owned and managed land on an as needs basis when impact to infrastructure or threat to native flora necessitates.
You can play your part in managing wild rabbits by reporting damage and sightings of feral rabbits to RabbitScan.
Pet rabbit owners
Pet rabbit owners are able to vaccinate their rabbits against the effects of the Calicivirus at their local vets. This vaccination is at the owners cost. Pet owners are encouraged to have their rabbits vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the release date.
Rabbit hutches should also be made mosquito-proof and housed away from interactions with wild rabbits, which can spread diseases to domestic pets. Domestic rabbits should not be free roaming and should be contained in a secure enclosure.
For information about RHDV1-K5, including further information for domestic rabbit owners visit the PestSmartwebsite.
For further information regarding the program, including ways private landholders can control feral rabbits, visit the Greater Sydney Local Land Services website or phone (02) 4724 2100.