Assistance available for EP farmers

CONTROL: Rabbit sitting outside warrens in an Eyre Peninsula paddock. Picture: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
CONTROL: Rabbit sitting outside warrens in an Eyre Peninsula paddock. Picture: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) staff are available should farmers in drought-affected areas of the region need additional support to bolster their rabbit and weed control programs.

Natural Resources management programs manager Seb Drewer said NREP received funding from the federal government's 'Pest Animal and Weed Management in Drought-Affected Areas' program to support activities which reduce weed incursions and reduce grazing pressure by rabbits.

Mr Drewer said the program included staying on top of rabbit control, and preventing further spread of African lovegrass in the drought-affected areas.

"With numbers being so low, now is the perfect time to undertake warren destruction activities to limit the opportunity for rabbits to re-establish."

He said grants of up to $20,000 were available for land managers wanting to complete warren destruction on their property.

Mr Drewer said African lovegrass was also an emerging issue which impacted both productive farm land and native vegetation.

NREP conducted trials at Waddikee last year to determine the most appropriate control methods and information gathered would assist with the ongoing control.

Incentives of up to $20,000 will be offered to land managers based on the input that they are prepared to contribute.

Contact your nearest NREP centre for more information, and express interest at DEW.NREPAdmin@sa.gov.au or visit www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula