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Te whakarata riha
Information on animal and pest plants in our district, what we're doing to manage them, and how you can help.
Rabbit Control Operation: Te Kararo Queenstown Gardens
A rabbit control operation will be underway on Tuesday 28 November 2023.
Rabbit Management: Old oxidation ponds on Ballantyne Road
Rabbit control operation at the old oxidation ponds on Ballantyne Road
Rabbit Baiting Operation: Whakatipu
A joint operation in Whakatipu to reduce rabbits on reserve land.
Pest Management Plan
The Otago Regional Council leads pest control for the area and has developed a Pest Management Plan to target a range of pest plants and animals. This can be read on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) website:
Pests on Council land
We manage pests on Council owned or managed land. This includes an annual goat cull, regular broom removal and destroying wasp nests.
Pests on private property
Property owners are responsible for controlling pests (goats, rabbits, possums, feral cats, broom etc) on their own land. Guidelines for private property pest management can be found in the Otago Regional Council Pest Management Plan.
QLDC does not carry out rabbit or pest control on private land.
Pest Plant Control Programmes
Works identified through community requests are scoped, quoted, reviewed and scheduled collectively by maintenance contractors and QLDC Parks Contracts team, and reported monthly through the below Reactive Pest Plant Control Programme.
A preventative control programme aligned to the Otago Regional Council’s Pest Management Plan is reviewed annually, works scheduled throughout the growing seasons, and reported annually through the below Preventative Pest Plant Control Programme.
The key to rabbit control is collaborative work between landowners, and Council actively works in conjunction with neighbouring landowners to support this process.
QLDC manages pests on Council-owned or managed land only and undertakes rabbit control where budget allows. Tools for control in areas of proximity to urban and built-up areas are limited, meaning Council is generally unable to poison or shoot rabbits under these circumstances.
All landowners and occupiers are responsible for carrying out rabbit control on their own land. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is the regulatory body for pest management in the region, and their Regional Pest Management Plan targets a range of pest plants and animals. Details of the plan can be found here: www.orc.govt.nz/pesthub
If you live in an urban area and have an issue with rabbits, one of the best ways to deter them is to install rabbit-proof fencing.
Subsidised Wasp Traps available
Introduced wasps are a significant pest which harm our native birds and insects, and can be dangerous to humans.
A limited number of Wasp Dome Traps are available to purchase at the subsidised price of $15 each.
These reusable traps are highly effective and available on a first come, first serve basis. Wasp lure is not included with the trap, however this can be easily made by combining the following ingredients and placing it inside the trap.
Wasp lure ingredients:
- 250ml water
- ¼ cup of Raro ( has to be a bright colour)
- 2Tbs sugar
- 4Tbs vinegar
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