Money to as­sist rab­bit con­trol

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

A Vic­to­rian or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to erad­i­cat­ing pest rab­bits has en­cour­aged Wim­mera groups to ap­ply for money through a 2017 grants pro­gram.

Vic­to­rian Rab­bit Ac­tion Net­work, VRAN, an­nounced the grant pro­gram, de­signed to arm com­mu­ni­ties with rab­bit-man­age­ment pro­grams through­out spring and sum­mer.

Net­work chair­man Ger­ald Leach en­cour­aged com­mu­nity groups in­volved in land­scape restora­tion works such as tree plant­ing to in­clude rab­bit con­trol in their projects.

He said a new cali­civirus RHDV1 K5 was re­leased in March at more than 600 sites to com­bat the rab­bit prob­lem.

“The 2017 grants pro­gram will en­able com­mu­ni­ties to en­hance the im­pact of the virus by adding other con­trol mea­sures to the mix,” he said.

Com­mu­nity groups can ap­ply for grants of be­tween $2000 and $5000 as part of the 2017 Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Grant round.

Grant ap­pli­ca­tions close on Au­gust 23. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at www.rab­bitac­

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