This year the Rabbit Action Committee met regularly. Wayne Mottram worked tirelessly as secretary.
There were two very successful field days on integrated rabbit control: one at Curlewis golf course and on the Stabb family property next door. Over 80 people attended this day, and the second at the Marcus Hill Hall and Victoria Hammer's property next door. Over 120 people attended this event. A feature of this day was the information session on the new K5 calisivirus that was recently released. Members pitched in to make the day a success. and Bob Adams set up the sites on farm on the day. Sophie coordinated the field day with volunteers to provide catering, sponsorship, and equipment hire. A raffle was held on the day for one of our rabbit warren kits with a new battery leaf blower. Over $400 was raised which will go to our community lead program.
The list of people across the Bellarine interested in our Integrated Rabbit Control program has now grown to over 190 people. Strong links have been forged with the Surf Coast Rabbit Action Committee. We plan to meet a least a couple of times a year to share ideas.
Dick and Bob been busy promoting our smoking device for rabbit warrens with about 15 units being sold so far.
The Rabbit Scan data has increased slightly in size and we hope to increase it in the next twelve months.The Rabbit Action reference group initiative through the city of Greater of Geelong is slowly progressing and with hope will create a strong partnership with our group.
Finally, the release of the new K5 virus was successfully achieved across the Bellarine a couple of weeks ago on eight sites across the Bellarine. We hope the new virus will be another good tool we can use to tackle the rabbit problem on the Bellarine.
(Edited notes from Geoff McFarlane, Chair of the BLG Rabbit Action Committee.)