Bass Coast,

Rabbit baiting on Council foreshores

Bass Coast Shire Council will once again be undertaking pest control in Council-managed foreshore reserves.

A licenced contractor will be baiting foreshore reserve sites over a few weeks in late February, weather permitting.

These areas include Ventnor, Red Rocks, Cowes, Rhyll, Newhaven, Cape Woolamai and Kilcunda foreshores. 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; however Council 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 foreshore reserves, 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 Natural Resources Officer, David Martin, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email