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Rabbit Management: Lake Hayes, Shotover Cemetery and Gibbston Reserve

Methods of control Dates Affected areas Maps

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The rabbit population in and around reserves near Lake Hayes, Shotover Cemetery, Whitechapel Reserve and Gibbston is posing a nuisance to neighbours and users of Council-owned reserves, damaging property and eating vegetation and plantings

As of Thursday 31 March 2022, we're carrying out control work to reduce rabbit numbers in these reserves. Council will be installing rabbit-proof fencing in locations near Lake Hayes, and conducting monitoring, night shooting and other control methods over the following months.

To keep members of the public safe during these works, contractors on site will ensure control areas are unable to be accessed while shooting is underway. Contractors will be clearly visible, and signage will be in place when control works are underway. Residents living near the affected areas will be notified in advance.

Methods of control

Night shooting:

QLDC is using professional contractors and will make every effort to ensure members of the public cannot access areas where shooting is underway.  Shooting will take place between the hours of 9.30pm to 2.00am.

All direct neighbours will be notified of night shooting by our contractor.

Magtoxin:

Magtoxin pellets will be placed in rabbit holes which will then be collapsed and closed. Signage will be in place in areas of high use, and treated holes will be marked with orange flagging tape. Dead rabbits will not be poisonous to dogs, but we would recommend keeping dogs on lead in any control area.

Baiting:

Carrot baits covered in a pindone paste will be laid specifically at Whitechapel Reserve near Arrow Junction, within a fenced area by new plantings.

Fencing:

Rabbit fencing will be attached to existing fences, with further fencing installed around the boundaries of some reserves. 

Dates

Magtoxin pellets are being laid in burrows from Thursday 31 March 2022 across all control areas.

Night shooting and fencing work will commence from Thursday 31 March 2022 in the northern reserves of Lake Hayes, in Mill Creek reserves from Friday 1 April 2022, and in Gibbston Reserve from Saturday 2 April 2022.

Estimated dates for further night shooting are as follows:

November 7: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
November 8: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
November 11: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves
November 21: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
November 22: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
November 25: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves

December 5: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
December 6: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
December 9: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves
December 19: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
December 20: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
December 23: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves

January 9: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
January 10: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
January 13: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves
January 23: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showground
January 24: Lake Hayes Reserve North Reserve
January 27: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road, Gibbston Reserve and Mill Creek reserves

Estimated dates for carrot baits with pindone to be laid are as follows:

Starting August 8: Whitechapel Reserve

Areas of control work

  • Existing fences in these reserves will be repaired, followed by magtoxin being used in rabbit burrows and night shooting.

    All direct neighbours will be notified of night shooting by our contractor.

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  • Rabbit control work will begin with magtoxin used in rabbit burrows, followed by night shooting.

    All direct neighbours will be notified of night shooting by our contractor.

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  • The road boundary of the Lake Hayes Showground will be fenced with additional fencing installed along the track, followed by magtoxin used in burrows and night shooting.

    All direct neighbours will be notified of night shooting by our contractor.

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  • Rabbit control work will include night shooting and magtoxin used in burrows.

    All direct neighbours will be notified of night shooting by our contractor.

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  • Rabbit control work will include carrot baits covered in a pindone paste laid in a fenced area.

    All direct neighbours have been notified, and warning signage will be in place.

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