The Meander Valley Council has written to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment requesting a solution for the increased population of European rabbits at Westbury.
The issue was raised by councillor Tanya King on behalf of Westbury residents at the council's January meeting. As due to increased plant and fodder growth, rabbit numbers in the area had 'substantially increased'.
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As a result, mayor Wayne Johnston has written to DPIPWE pressing for action on the fight against rabbit overpopulation in the area and offering support for community information sessions.
He has requested that DPIPWE:
- Initiate a review of RHDV1-K5 release into wild rabbit populations in the area and surrounds and confirm if there were plans to reinvigorate a release program in autumn
- Confirm whether it had plans to undertake additional strategies, such as burrow fumigation, shooting and trapping programs or community information sessions. in the near future
- Review its online resources to ensure up to date links and information on the issue
- Consider distributing free rabbit management guides to residents
In the letter, Cr Johnston said if DPIPWE did decide to conduct public information sessions on the issue, the council would be pleased to offer it a facility to host it, at no charge.
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