Albert Town Neighbourhood Rabbit Management Programme

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We have heard concerns about the numbers of rabbits in your neighbourhood. Whilst responsibility for managing rabbits on private property sits with the landowner, we are investigating ways to support community efforts by connecting landowners (who have identified a problem) with pest controllers (who can assist with a solution).

We have been working closely with the Department of Conservation, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Land Information New Zealand and two private landowners to facilitate a control operation on Crown and public land in August 2021 using Pindone pesticide. The control area will extend from Hikowai Reserve, along the true right hand bank of the Clutha River / Mata – Au, and part way up the true left hand bank of the Cardrona River. If you own property within 50 m of the control area then you will should soon receive a letter notifying you of the upcoming works.

You are urged to exercise caution around the control area during and following the control operation. Please refer to the news feed below for more information about this operation.

We have heard concerns about the numbers of rabbits in your neighbourhood. Whilst responsibility for managing rabbits on private property sits with the landowner, we are investigating ways to support community efforts by connecting landowners (who have identified a problem) with pest controllers (who can assist with a solution).

We have been working closely with the Department of Conservation, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Land Information New Zealand and two private landowners to facilitate a control operation on Crown and public land in August 2021 using Pindone pesticide. The control area will extend from Hikowai Reserve, along the true right hand bank of the Clutha River / Mata – Au, and part way up the true left hand bank of the Cardrona River. If you own property within 50 m of the control area then you will should soon receive a letter notifying you of the upcoming works.

You are urged to exercise caution around the control area during and following the control operation. Please refer to the news feed below for more information about this operation.

  • Albert Town Rabbit Control Operation

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    Otago Regional Council (ORC) is facilitating a joint approach by local landowners to control rabbits in Albert Town. This includes the Department of Conservation (DOC), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and some private landowners.

    The rabbit control operation will take place any time from 1 August 2021. The timing of the operation is weather dependent. Please see the enclosed map for details on where the operation will be.

    Bait and toxin will be laid over a period of six weeks, but caution should be exercised until all signage has been removed, which may be a period of several months. Diced carrot will be used as bait. They will be dyed green and laced with the pesticide Pindone.

    Tracks and access points near the rabbit control operation will be clearly signposted. Preston Pest Control has been contracted to do the operation and will work with the landowners.

    It is strongly advised to not enter any of these areas during the application of bait. Some walking tracks and areas may be closed for the duration of bait sowing and will be reopened once complete. Please keep dogs on a lead when walking through the operation area.

    Precautions:

    • This pesticide is poisonous to humans and domestic animals. Always remember:
      • DO NOT handle the bait;
      • SUPERVISE CHILDREN at all times;
      • DO NOT EAT animals from these areas or within 2 km of it; and
      • DO NOT allow DOGS access to animal carcasses.
    • If you suspect any human poisoning contact the National Poisons Centre on 0800 764 766.
    • Dogs need to consume a number of carrot baits or rabbits to be affected, but if you suspect your dog has been poisoned you should contact your local vet.

    The above precautions apply as long as signage is still in place. Once signage is removed the all clear has been given.

    Why undertake control work?

    Feral rabbits are a well-known pest in Otago and all landowners must control rabbits to at or below level three on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS 3) in accordance with ORC’s Regional Pest Management Plan.

    Rabbits are a serious threat to our biodiversity and environment. They ruin beautiful landscapes with rabbit holes, and cause soil erosion and degradation. Ten rabbits can eat as much grass as one sheep, which affects pastoral production. They destroy gardens (including your veggie patch), eat tree seedlings and they breed prolifically.

    Rabbits don’t respect property boundaries so the best way to keep them under control is through co-ordination with your neighbours. This is why ORC is helping to facilitate this control operation with landowners in the area to keep numbers down.

    ORC has developed a collaborative engagement process. We bring together affected occupiers, discuss the problem, and work out collectively how we are going to find solutions. This control operation is a result of that process.

    More information

    Find out more about why rabbits are a pest, what the rules are and how you can control them on ORC’s Pest Hub at www.orc.govt.nz/rabbits

    If you have any queries please contact the key landowners who are undertaking this operation:

    Department of Conservation
    Wanaka Visitor Centre
    03 443 7660
    Wanakavc@doc.govt.nz
    Queenstown Lakes District Council
    Clare Tomkins, Parks Service Delivery Manager
    03 441 0499
    Clare.tomkins@qldc.govt.nz


    Note: The Department of Conservation and Land Information New Zealand are also undertaking a separate operation downstream between the outlet of the Cardrona River and Luggate from mid-July. Please contact the Department of Conservation if you’d like more information about that operation.


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