Gibbston Rabbit Management Programme

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We have received strong feedback from the community that rabbit densities in Gibbston are not being consistently managed. As such, ORC are undertaking a combination of compliance and facilitation work in the Gibbston area (essentially from Chard Farm to Nevis Bluff). This includes:

Property Inspections (Public and Private Land)
Systematic rabbit inspections were undertaken on every property in June and July 2021. We have identified the high-risk properties in Gibbston and will be following up with enforcement if we are not satisfied that those landowners/occupiers will achieve compliance within a reasonable timeframe.

Community Facilitation
We are bringing together affected occupiers, discussing the problem, and collectively working out how we are going to find solutions. This includes the following:

Survey

We undertook and online survey in winter 2021 to help us to understand what you, as a landowner/occupier in the Gibbston area, know and feel about the rabbit problem and control options currently used.

Webinar

We hosted a webinar in October 2021 where we presented rabbit management options for the Gibbston area and identified various approaches that will need to be taken. We also provided technical advice and guidance, as well as explaining compliance procedures for property owners that are not meeting their obligations under our Regional Pest Management Plan. Key messages from this webinar were:

  • ‘Sustained control’ is the region’s rabbit management target, not eradication;
  • The responsibility to manage feral rabbits lies with the landowner/occupier. ORC hasn’t collected rates to pay for rabbit control since the 1990s;
  • A strategic approach to rabbit control should begin with a Rabbit Management Plan;
  • It’s not just about how many rabbits are killed, rather how many are left behind;
  • Working together with your neighbours to develop and implement a management plan can result in far greater impact as well as potential cost savings;
  • Installing and maintaining a well-constructed fence will prolong the effects of control work undertaken;

A recording of this meeting is available here.

Management Plan Workshop

We strongly recommended that you prepare a Rabbit Management Plan (if you haven’t already done so) to maximise the impact of any work control undertaken, and to ensure that money and effort is not wasted on ineffective control work. We’d also like to invite you to attend our Rabbit Management Plan Workshop for further assistance.

What: Workshop - Rabbit Management Plans

When: 6pm to 8pm, 18 November 2021

Where: Lake Hayes Pavilion, Lake Hayes


Further advice about rabbit management options can be found on the our website here.

We have received strong feedback from the community that rabbit densities in Gibbston are not being consistently managed. As such, ORC are undertaking a combination of compliance and facilitation work in the Gibbston area (essentially from Chard Farm to Nevis Bluff). This includes:

Property Inspections (Public and Private Land)
Systematic rabbit inspections were undertaken on every property in June and July 2021. We have identified the high-risk properties in Gibbston and will be following up with enforcement if we are not satisfied that those landowners/occupiers will achieve compliance within a reasonable timeframe.

Community Facilitation
We are bringing together affected occupiers, discussing the problem, and collectively working out how we are going to find solutions. This includes the following:

Survey

We undertook and online survey in winter 2021 to help us to understand what you, as a landowner/occupier in the Gibbston area, know and feel about the rabbit problem and control options currently used.

Webinar

We hosted a webinar in October 2021 where we presented rabbit management options for the Gibbston area and identified various approaches that will need to be taken. We also provided technical advice and guidance, as well as explaining compliance procedures for property owners that are not meeting their obligations under our Regional Pest Management Plan. Key messages from this webinar were:

  • ‘Sustained control’ is the region’s rabbit management target, not eradication;
  • The responsibility to manage feral rabbits lies with the landowner/occupier. ORC hasn’t collected rates to pay for rabbit control since the 1990s;
  • A strategic approach to rabbit control should begin with a Rabbit Management Plan;
  • It’s not just about how many rabbits are killed, rather how many are left behind;
  • Working together with your neighbours to develop and implement a management plan can result in far greater impact as well as potential cost savings;
  • Installing and maintaining a well-constructed fence will prolong the effects of control work undertaken;

A recording of this meeting is available here.

Management Plan Workshop

We strongly recommended that you prepare a Rabbit Management Plan (if you haven’t already done so) to maximise the impact of any work control undertaken, and to ensure that money and effort is not wasted on ineffective control work. We’d also like to invite you to attend our Rabbit Management Plan Workshop for further assistance.

What: Workshop - Rabbit Management Plans

When: 6pm to 8pm, 18 November 2021

Where: Lake Hayes Pavilion, Lake Hayes


Further advice about rabbit management options can be found on the our website here.

  • The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The information gathered will be used to provide local context and identify possible solutions, which will be presented to you at a later date. 

    To participate in this survey, you will need to consent to the information submitted in this survey being shared with our consultant Ahikā Consulting Ltd. and rabbit control contractors (to be determined by community consultation) to follow up on this facilitation work. The information you provide us today will not be used for compliance purposes. Assessment of compliance is achieved through property inspections.

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