Keep­ing Queens­land rab­bit-free

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

NO RAB­BITS: Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan is thrilled all four mo­tions passed through the LGAQ con­fer­ence.

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