These projects have been funded as part of GHCMA program called Our Catchment Our Communities Landscape Scale Grants.
The OCOC project is focusing on improving catchment health and climate resilience through activities that support wetland cultural knowledge, health and connectivity in the upper Wannon and Hopkins River catchments.
The OCOC focus area covers the reach of 4 landcare networks, each supported by a landcare facilitator who are working together to support farmers -to consider strategies to protect and manage their wetlands, while demonstrating positive financial impact because of doing so.
Protecting Wetlands Together – with effective, efficient landscape scale rabbit control
By helping communities to work together on their rabbit populations – across the OCOC area – we will be able to significantly reduce rabbit numbers. We all know that working in this way (involving neighbouring landholders and land managers) provides the most effective, safe and humane means to achieve large-scale rabbit control.
The OCOC funding will provide for effective, efficient rabbit control, by engaging an experienced pest animal control business to undertake the work. But of course we’ll need your help – participants will identify, mark (using flagging tape or similar) and map warrens, and will be present as the contractor is working on their sites. They’ll also check the sites soon after control, to record any reinfestations, and notify if follow up action is required. For long-term success, monitoring of the sites need to be maintained and appropriate action undertaken when required, as if this is not done, we all know that the site can be reinfested in just a few years.
If you live within the OCOC region, have wetlands close by, and have a rabbit population, then please get in touch ASAP. Contact details for each Landcare area are below.
If you have already signed up for the program and haven’t already, could you please:
send through a map of your property showing the rabbit warren sites – and please also include named roads, landmarks etc – they will be all be mapped on a larger map.
fill out the short site assessment sheet (download here), and send it via email, or take a photo and send it through, – whatever is easiest) to Lisa McIntyre, contact details below. This will help us with the logistics – timing, distances, control methods etc.
get in touch with your neighbours.
We all know that to be effective, we need everyone close by to become involved too.We really appreciate you contacting your neighbours, as you know who they are, and we don’t have their contact details. Please feel free to send them any information you have about the project, as that will help explain the project.Phil (our contractor) will be sending out a note to us all soon, explaining the next steps of the project.
Phil recently presented on his buisness and what he will be doing as part of this project, a short video from the evening can be viewed here
For further information please contact:
Jileena Cole, BBCAG Facilitator on 0428 341 869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayesha Burdett, UHLMG Facilitator, on 0429 021 500 or email email@example.com
Lisa McIntyre, Landcare Facilitator for Panyyabyr, Mirranatwa, Bunnugal, Glenthompson, Mooralla & Bulart Landcare Groups on 0428 749 235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Owins, Landcare Facilitator for Beaufort, Skipton, Lake Goldsmith & Stoneleigh Landcare Groups on 0457 008 895 or email email@example.com