Rabbit Control Program
In recent years, trained Council staff have undertaken Pindone baiting and warren destruction in two locations; the first being in the bush corridor near Bandara Circuit, Spring Farm and the second area on Hampshire Boulevard near Richardson Road, Spring Farm. Any baiting program always includes safety precautions to ensure the safety of the community and non-target animals.
Council will continue to monitor the rabbit population in Spring Farm, and throughout the LGA, and undertake control management methods as required. Residents in close proximity to any baiting sites will always be notified prior to baiting commencing. This will be undertaken by placing information in the letterboxes of nearby properties, providing information on this webpage and ensuring that signage is in place throughout the baiting program.
There are also things that residents can do to help control feral rabbits:
- House domestic rabbits in a secure cage or hutch to prevent escape;
- Desex and vaccinate your domestic rabbit against the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV);
- Never release or dump your pet rabbit in bushland;
- Plant native vegetation to attract native animals;
- Where appropriate, fence the perimeter of your property to stop rabbits accessing your property;
- In some cases, it may also be appropriate to place blood and bone around the property boundary as this discourages feral rabbits; and
- Do not feed feral rabbits. This can also attract other vermin and may cause animal and human health risk.
For more information contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 4654 7777.