News Stories

Vaccinate Pet Rabbits Now

By Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Posted: 9 Feb 2021
European rabbit
Local Rabbit owners are being urged to vaccinate their pets before a new feral rabbit control program rolls out in February.

Led by Greater Sydney Local Land Services with the support of major landholders, local councils and environmental agencies, the program will see the release of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus known as RHDV1-K5 (RHDV) throughout the region.

The virus will be released throughout Greater Sydney including Grose Vale, Kurrajong, Maraylya and North Richmond.

Grose Vale resident Megan Lawrence is one of the participating landholders after spotting rabbits on the roadside of her 4 ha property.

“Then the damage started to the ground and we kept losing tubestock down the back where we are trying to revegetate to encourage native wildlife,” she said.

A passionate gardener and nature lover, Ms Lawrence said she was attracted to the RHDV program because it was straight forward and benefited the broader environment.

“My husband is an environmental scientist and I grew up on property in the Colo so we understand the importance of caring for the land properly and that includes managing pest animals,” she said.

“This is basically a set and forget control program that will not only benefit the environment but the community as well.”

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Officer Jacob French said feral rabbits where a major agricultural and environmental pest, contributing to the decline and extinction of several NSW native species and costing the Australian economy more than $200 million in production losses each year.

“This is the fifth release of RHDV since the national program began in 2017, since then we have seen an estimated 42 percent reduction in the feral rabbit population in NSW, so it’s essential we continue to support landholders and local councils to reduce the ongoing impact of these pests,” he said.

Mr French said it was important domestic rabbit owners went to their local vets to vaccinate their pets prior to the 17 February release.

“The virus is spread mainly by contact between rabbits or via insects such as mosquitos and flies, meaning it can travel significant distances. Importantly, RHDV doesn’t affect any other animals and if domestic rabbits are vaccinated, they become immune to it.”

“This program is designed to complement ongoing control efforts on private and public land,” he said. “We encourage landholders experiencing issues with feral rabbits to continue working with us throughout the year and report feral rabbit damage,” he said.

Feral rabbits are a declared pest in NSW due to the significant amount of agricultural and environmental damage they cause.

The program will be rolled out in Annangrove, Avalon Beach, Balgowlah Heights, Bella Vista, Berowra, Berowra Heights, Bilgola Plateau, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Collaroy, Cromer, Davidson, East Lindfield, Glenhaven, Gordon, Grose Vale, Ingleside, Kariong, Katoomba, Kenthurst, Killara, Kulnara, Kurrajong, Lindfield, Macquarie Park, Manly, Marsfield, Maraylya, Mona Vale, Mosman, Mount Colah, Mount Ku-ring-gai, Narrabeen, Narraweena, Newport, North Epping, North Turramurra, North Wahroonga, Palm Beach, Pymble, Roseville Chase, Rouse Hill, Ryde, Seaforth, South Turramurra, Spring Farm, Somersby, St Ives Chase, St Ives, Tahmoor, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Warrawee, West Pennant Hills, West Pymble, West Riverstone and North Richmond.

For more information contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Greater Sydney LLS Biosecurity officer Jacob French with Grose Vale resident Megan Lawrence.
 
L-OTSA L-OTSA L-OTSA Music & Motion Lessons and Programs

Recent News

Soils and Pasture Project Ramps Up
Soils and Pasture Project Ramps Up
The Healthy Soils, Productive Pastures project led by Greater Sydney Local...
Graffiti Removal Day 2019
Graffiti Removal Day 2019
Graffiti vandalism costs New South Wales over $300 million per year....
Keep an Eye Out for a Pride of Lions in Your Local Community Next Month
Keep an Eye Out for a Pride of Lions in Your Local Community Next Month
From recent droughts and bushfires to the spread of COVID-19, it’s bee...
First Pfizer Vaccine Doses Arrive in Australia
First Pfizer Vaccine Doses Arrive in Australia
More than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COZVID-19 vaccine have...
Emergency Services Now Utilise what3words Location Service
Emergency Services Now Utilise what3words Location Service
The Emergency+ app displays a Triple Zero (000) caller’s current what3words...

What's New

Life in Music and Motion
Life in Music and Motion
L-OTSA L-OTSA Music & Motion programs offer something uplifting & engaging for every age and ability. Call us to find out how!
River Accommodation at Wisemans Ferry
River Accommodation at Wisemans Ferry
Del Rio Riverside Resort Set on 3kms of beautiful Hawkesbury River frontage at Wisemans Ferry surrounded by a majestic mountainous backdrop.
The Retreat at Wisemans
The Retreat at Wisemans
The Retreat at Wisemans Shortbreaks, conferences, wedding receptions and ceremonies, golf or that relaxing family holiday.
Also in this Section
Announcement
River Accommodation at Wisemans FerrySet on 3kms of beautiful Hawkesbury River frontage at Wisemans Ferry surrounded by a majestic mountainous backdrop.View Del Rio Riverside Resort »