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 will be undertaking a combination of compliance and facilitation work in the Gibbston area (essentially from Chard Farm to Nevis Bluff/Victoria Flats) over the coming months. This includes:

Property Inspections (Public and Private Land)
Systematic rabbit inspections will be commencing in the wider Gibbston area from late June 2021.

Community Facilitation
We will bring together affected occupiers, discuss the problem and collectively work out how we are going to find solutions. This aspect will more likely be targeted towards smaller block holders where traditional control (shooting, poisoning) may be more difficult.

Gathering Information to Inform Longer-Term Solutions
We would like your input because the information we gather will be used to inform the most effective rabbit approach for you and your neighbours. Working with your neighbours will help to better reduce rabbit populations and decrease their impact on the environment.

Please note the information you provide us today will not be used for compliance purposes. Assessment of compliance is achieved through formal property inspections.

We would like to understand what you, as a landowner/occupier in the Gibbston area, know and feel about:

  1. The rabbit problem in the neighbourhood and how this affects you; and
  2. Rabbit control options currently used, or available to you and your neighbours.

The survey will take about 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. We’ve done similar surveys in Lake Hayes and Albert Town, and the results are helping us develop customised rabbit management solutions for each area, and to work alongside these communities.

The survey is open until 5pm 30 July.

Unfortunately, we can’t control all of the factors that influence the spread of rabbits (such as how quickly they breed), but we are here to help you to identify the factors that you can control through collective community action.

Thank you for engaging with us about better rabbit management.


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

Property Inspections (Public and Private Land)
Systematic rabbit inspections will be commencing in the wider Gibbston area from late June 2021.

Community Facilitation
We will bring together affected occupiers, discuss the problem and collectively work out how we are going to find solutions. This aspect will more likely be targeted towards smaller block holders where traditional control (shooting, poisoning) may be more difficult.

Gathering Information to Inform Longer-Term Solutions
We would like your input because the information we gather will be used to inform the most effective rabbit approach for you and your neighbours. Working with your neighbours will help to better reduce rabbit populations and decrease their impact on the environment.

Please note the information you provide us today will not be used for compliance purposes. Assessment of compliance is achieved through formal property inspections.

We would like to understand what you, as a landowner/occupier in the Gibbston area, know and feel about:

  1. The rabbit problem in the neighbourhood and how this affects you; and
  2. Rabbit control options currently used, or available to you and your neighbours.

The survey will take about 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. We’ve done similar surveys in Lake Hayes and Albert Town, and the results are helping us develop customised rabbit management solutions for each area, and to work alongside these communities.

The survey is open until 5pm 30 July.

Unfortunately, we can’t control all of the factors that influence the spread of rabbits (such as how quickly they breed), but we are here to help you to identify the factors that you can control through collective community action.

Thank you for engaging with us about better rabbit management.


  • 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.

    Consultation has concluded
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