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Rabbit Management: Lake Hayes, Shotover Cemetery and Gibbston Reserve

Methods of control Dates Affected areas Maps

About

The rabbit population in and around reserves near Lake Hayes, Shotover Cemetery 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.

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:

April 27: Lake Hayes North Reserve
April 28: Gibbston Reserve
April 29: Lake Hayes Showground
April 30: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena

May 1: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road and Mill Creek reserves
May 5: Lake Hayes North Reserve
May 6: Gibbston Reserve 
May 10: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena and Showgrounds
May 26: Lake Hayes North Reserve
May 27: Gibbston Reserve
May 28: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road and Mill Creek reserves
May 30: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena
May 31: Lake Hayes Showground

June 2: Lake Hayes North Reserve
June 3: Gibbston Reserve
June 4: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road and Mill Creek reserves
June 21: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena
June 22: Lake Hayes Showground
June 24: Cemetery at Lower Shotover Road and Mill Creek reserves
June 25: Gibbston Reserve
June 26: Lake Hayes North Reserve
June 28: Lake Hayes Pavilion/Arena
June 29: Lake Hayes Showground

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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