Rabbit Baiting & Control Programs

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE

Rabbit Baiting Program

Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact on our environment. The Hills Shire Council will be undertaking feral rabbit Pindone baiting within Council managed reserves and bushland in conjunction with Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

The program will be managed in accordance with the Pesticide Control (Pindone Products) Order 2010 and aims to protect native flora and reduce the amount of damage to grassed areas. The program involves an initial preparation period of non-poison carrots being laid. Carrots baited with Pindone will then be placed in the reserve on three evenings during the advertised period. Any uneaten Pindone will be removed the following mornings.

The rabbit baiting program will run from Monday 28 October to Tuesday 5 November, 2019.

The following reserves will be closed to all people and their pets:

  • Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
  • Castle Hill Heritage Park, Castle Hill

During the following periods:

  • Midday 28 October (Monday), to Midday 29 October (Tuesday) 2019; and
  • Midday 31 October (Thursday), to Midday 1 November (Friday) 2019; and
  • Midday 4 November (Monday), to Midday 5 November (Tuesday) 2019.

This pesticide is lethal to dogs and cats and if consumed can cause illness to humans. Contact your local vet or seek medical advice in the case of suspected poisoning.

Please follow directions of on-site notification signs or call council on 02 9843 0555 for more details.

Rabbitscan

You can now access a website and mobile phone app to provide the State Government with real time data on feral animal locations and trends. This information can then be used by Government and land owners to provide resources to target priority areas.

Rabbitscan is available here.


THE HILLS SHIRE COUNCIL PARTICIPATES IN THE RHDV-K5 VIRUS ANNUAL RELEASE

RABBIT OWNERS IN THE HILLS ARE URGED TO VACCINATE PET RABBITS AGAINST THE RHDV-K5 VIRUS

People with pet rabbits are encouraged to vaccinate their animals at their local vet before the planned annual release of Calicivirus, also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-K5), into the feral rabbit population in Council public reserves in October.

Run in conjunction with Greater Sydney Local Land Services the annual program aims to reduce the population of feral rabbits throughout Northern Sydney.

Feral rabbits are believed to have contributed to the decline or extinction of a number of native species in NSW and are a declared pest species under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

RHDV-K5 is a previously existing virus in the feral rabbit population which spreads through rabbit to rabbit contact and via biting insects. RHDV-K5 only affects rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

Pet rabbits can be affected. To protect your pet contact your local vet to vaccinate your rabbit.

It is recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association that pet rabbits are vaccinated as follows:

  • Kittens: 4, 8, 12 weeks of age, then 6 monthly for life.
  • Adults: 2 vaccinations 1 month apart, then 6 monthly for life.

For more information on protecting your pet rabbit, please visit this website: https://www.pestsmart.org.au/rhdv-k5-what-about-my-pet-rabbit/