Keeping Queensland rabbit-free
SUPPORT to manage rabbit infestation in Queensland was called for at the annual LGAO conference by Lockyer Valley Regional Council, one of eight councils that contribute to the cause.
The Land and Pest Management – Rabbit Fence and compliance motion was the least popular of the LVRC submissions, with 126 members voting for and 62 voting against seeking additional funding.
Mayor Tanya Milligan said her council called for the State Government to match funds contributed to the cause.
“I know no one wants to be paying money if they don’t have to, but if people think the rabbits don’t affect them, it will affect them,” Cr Milligan said.
“If it affects and ruins our agriculture, if you’re living in Brisbane you’ll be paying through the checkout, that’s the reality of it.”
The board maintains 555km of rabbitproof fence from Mt Gipps to Goombi, where it joins the Wild Dog Barrier.
At present the Western Downs, Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, City of Gold Coast and Lockyer Valley councils are the only annual contributors to the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board.
DDMRB chairwoman Anne Glasheen said it was time more councils contributed to the cause.
“The benefit is not only for southeast Queensland, it’s for the wider community,” Cr Glasheen said.
“I would like to see the amount of councils increase, as well as the State Government (involvement).”
She said additional funding would bolster the fight against infestation.
NO RABBITS: Mayor Tanya Milligan is thrilled all four motions passed through the LGAQ conference.