Bass Coast,
16
February
2016
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04:23
Australia/Melbourne

More rabbit baiting to protect our reserves

Bass Coast Shire Council is starting rabbit baiting in Council-managed Native Vegetation Offset Sites at Inverloch and Smiths Beach.

A licenced contractor will be baiting these two reserve sites during February, weather permitting. These areas include the Smiths Beach Drainage Reserve and Screw Creek Offset Site in Inverloch. Signage will be displayed on all access tracks and areas which will be affected.

This year’s program will incorporate the use of specially designed cages at all baiting areas to minimise non target poisoning of native animals, such as wallabies. It is highly unlikely for non-target poisoning to occur due to the large amount of bait an animal such as a wallaby, or dog would need to consume. Council, however, is using the exclusion cages as an additional precaution.

Dog owners should follow the normal Council regulations and have their dogs under control and on a lead when walking them in these areas.

The foreshore baiting program is being conducted in order to minimise the impacts of rabbits on the indigenous vegetation in these conservation reserves, as well as reducing the effect on the nearby properties.

While Council undertakes pest control in the offset sites, it is the responsibility of private land owners to manage pest animals on their own land. Bass Coast Landcare Network offers support and incentives for rabbit control on both urban and rural properties.

For further information please contact Council’s Environment Officer, Diana Whittington, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email d.whittington@basscoast.vic.gov.au.