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Volume 19 No. 2
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
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Hughes resident David Morgan is struggling with an influx of rabbits on his property which he believes may have
come as a result of excavation work on a nearby golf course leaving the rabbits without burrows.
Furry foes frustrate resident
AN influx of rabbits is wreaking
havoc on the outskirts of Hughes with
up to 60 of the creatures swarming the
yard on one property.
Colvin Street resident David Mor-
gan is concerned the invasion of the
furry pests stemmed from excavation
work at the western end of the Federal
Golf Club course, which is within 100
metres of his property.
Last week the Federal Golf Club
removed dead trees and destroyed
burrows near the second tee on the
golf course, following the removal of
a maintenance shed mid-last year.
Mr Morgan said he was worried the
excavator destroyed the warrens
before they could be fumigated and the
rabbits had, consequently, dispersed
into nearby residential streets and
"They are scurrying everywhere
through the suburban streets," he said.
"I think it was negligent to rip up all
those warrens and just spread them all
out. What concerns me is it was a
containable problem but now the genie
is out of the bottle."
Mr Morgan said he was struggling
to contain the problem without ACT
Government assistance, which had
involved ripping up pavers and plants
to blocks warrens and prevent the
rabbits settling in his yard.
Last week he was anticipating a
quote for new fencing around the large
property to prevent the animals
"How am I, a single low-income
earner, going to cope with rabbits
being allowed to be driven into my
garden from the adjoining golf course
and public areas -- especially when
rabbits are now roaming the streets and
adjoining gardens?," he said.
Federal Golf Club general manager
Scott Elias confirmed the club had
undertaken excavation work which
revealed a number of borrows -- now
filled -- and were working with the
ACT Government to control the issue.
"We're working closely with the
ACT Government to try and eradicate
the problem," he said.
"I understand there may be rabbits
in people's backyards but they're not
all FGC rabbits. We see this as a united
approach to get rid of them, to
minimise what's out there."
Mr Elias said he wasn't 100 per cent
sure how many rabbits were on the
golf course but believed numbers had
dispersed rather than grown.
"It probably relocated when the
shed was removed in June," he said.
"The next step is talk to the ACT
Government [and possibly] fumigate
that area. All our actions are the first
step of many. We are interested to get
some feedback from neighbours. I
honestly haven't received any emails
from the residents down there yet."
A Territory and Municipal Services
spokesman said the directorate had
worked with the Federal Golf Club in
Spring to undertake a cooperative
rabbit control program in the area.
"TAMS is planning a follow-up
control program on public land in
early Autumn, 2014 using recognised
control techniques. During the plan-
ning phase for this program, contact
will be made with key neighbours in
an attempt to develop a joint program
across the area," he said.
The spokesperson said the director-
ate undertook integrated rabbit control
programs on public land, which
included the fumigation of warrens,
the poisoning of surface rabbits and
the removal of warrens in open areas.
However, it was the responsibility
of the land owner to control pests on
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