Rabbit Baiting

Somehow this country has allowed rabbits to get out of control (again!) and I can't help but notice the multitude of rabbits at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus every time I drive by.

For every one rabbit above ground, there are ten underground.

I would like to suggest a rabbit baiting programme for February this year (it has to be February). Pindone is easily obtainable through a local landcare group.

For those that think rabbits are cute fluffy little animals, they are when they are in cages in your back yard. But in the wild they do a tremendous amount of damage and are very difficult to control.

The initial rabbits (only 24) were released at Winchelsea, only 30 km from Geelong. Today there are billions. The same family who brought them to Australia also brought the foxes.

I hope I have support for my idea.


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    Paula Tovey
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    Deakin at Waurn Ponds does have a rabbit control program which needs to be continually resourced. As with many pest control programs, the pest can only be properly managed if all affected landowners in the area implement appropriate programs. The problem is not restricted to Waurn Ponds Deakin Uni. Deakin needs to continue with its rabbit control program

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    Frances Tribe

    May I suggest contacting a company called Quality Rabbit Meat Products, 15 Foch Street North Shore,

    ph: 5277 2028 - they may like to come out and collect them from Deakin for nothing. They make a substantial amount of money out of it and the poor little creatures are put to good use.

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    I would like to know what Deakin's rabbit control program is. One thing is for sure, it certainly isn't working. Over the past four years that I have been at the uni the rabbit population has exploded. This isn't a problem that can be simply passed off to adjacent landholders, there are plenty of burrows that I have noticed on university grounds. It's about time Deakin did something about the problem in my opinion.

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    Melinda Finnigan ( Idea Submitter )

    Thanks Matthew for your comment. If Deakin should go the mile and show they are willing, perhaps the neighbours will follow?

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    Amanda Neilson
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    Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits. All great ideas and comments as you can see all high light that the rabbit populations is an issue for all land owners and requires a collaborative and holistic approach for effective management, if one land over (where ever it maybe) invests in control measures and the other doesn't any efforts made would be in-effective. The University currently carry out various forms of rabbit control on the Waurn Ponds campus while working with adjacent land holders and tenants. Deakin is constantly reviewing any rabbit control processes used. At the moment there is a breakout of myxomatosis which is also assisting control.

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      I agree that if adjacent properties are doing little with their rabbits any attempt to eradicate them is pointless. However I am frequently on properties in the area and I believe the rabbit population at Deakin is at plague proportions. I've been walking back after dark to the car and nearly broken my ankle on one of the countless burrows. If Deakin have a system in place, I would like to know what it is. The rabbits are always in the courtyard in the ib building at night . Someone needs to take some responsibility and stop sitting on their hands and waiting for someone else to act.

      Dr Euan Ritchie from Deakin University was in the news lately regarding the introduction of dingoes and devils to cool-climate bushland areas. He stated that "desperate times need bold measures". Would you suggest we put up a fence around the perimeter of Deakin and introduce dingoes and devils and monitor their progress on the rabbit population?

      I just think that all the revenue that Deakin is collecting from the parking and the introduction of the student amenities fee that they should be doing more with the money that they have at their disposal.

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    I have to agree with you 100% Edwin. Its only a matter of time before someone breaks their leg on one of the hundreds of burrows around the campus. Now with the early sunset, many students and staff are walking back to their cars unaware of the health and safety hazards. Surely Deakin has a risk management unit which should inform students and staff of the risks of walking in grassed areas. Obviously no risk control has been put in place and I would like to know why not?

    The problem has escalated in the 4 years I have been here and I think its time to stand up and act instead of worrying about renovating every building to have a coffee shop.

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    Melinda Finnigan ( Idea Submitter )

    Myxo just doesn't cut it anymore. And we are now past the time (february) to pindone. And the rabbits just keep on multiplying ...

    I know of someone who would be happy to ferret the rabbits out. But I heard on the grapevine that this type of rabbitting for Deakin is not an option because it's considered cruel. Or is that just a rumour?

    Ferrets are very quick to kill a rabbit and very successful, you only need the manpower.

    What do the moderators think of that option?

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    Paula Tovey
    ( Moderator )

    thanks for your comments guys.

    With respect to safety risks, I suggest that you submit near miss/incident forms located within the HR intranet. It is important to report these so that they are investigated and raised at a university wide OHS level/committee.

    With respect to ferrets, I am not an expert in rabbit control, but I think your suggestion maybe worth considering, and I have forwarded onto the Uni's relevant facility manager to consider. Further you could put in a work request (from facilities intranet) so that the appropriate personel can respond to your ideas directly

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    Carol Hoyle

    The University does need to do something about the rabbit population and ferrets might be the way to go - but are we opeing the University up to a claim of cruelty by the RSPCA? Edwin and Benjamin - I do see your point however if we all used the concrete paths to get to our cars there wouldn't be an issue with stepping in rabbit holes/digs.

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