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Views sought on proposed new wild rabbit control method

Local Land Services Western Region is encouraging land managers to share their views on the proposed release of a new virus to more effectively manage wild rabbit populations, via the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) public consultation process.

The APVMA is conducting a public consultation to determine if they will register RHDV K5, a new naturally occurring overseas strain of rabbit calicivirus, for coordinated release across the nation.

Acting General Manager Erlina Compton said wild rabbits continue to be a significant problem for land managers in Western NSW.

“It takes less than one rabbit per hectare to prevent the successful regeneration of many native trees and shrubs,” Ms Compton said.

"Effective management of these pests is critical to maintaining healthy and diverse natural environments that can support profitable enterprises.”

“I urge all land managers in Western NSW to seize this opportunity and have their say,” Ms Compton said.

The APVMA is seeking comments relating to the legislative grounds for approval, including:

  • occupational health and safety
  • public health
  • chemistry and manufacture
  • residues in food
  • environmental safety
  • trade
  • efficacy and target crop safety.

The consultation period concludes on Friday 29 January 2016. For more information, including how to submit your views, visit the APVMA website – apvma.gov.au/node/19461

Local Land Services Western Region offers advice and support for managing a wide range of pest animals, including wild rabbits. Contact one of our 12 offices located throughout Western NSW for more information – details on our website, western.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact: Michelle McGranahan 0428 784 282