An update on the EOI process to be a rabbit virus release and/or monitoring site
Thank you to those who have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be involved as a release site and /or monitoring site for the pending release of RHDV1-K5.
The national release of RHDV1-K5 is now likely to take place in spring 2016 or autumn 2017, pending approvals.
The RHDV1-K5 is a national program. Governments have a number of factors to work through prior to release to ensure maximum impact on wild rabbit populations; that the necessary approvals are in place; and that affected landholders and community groups are fully informed.
The public consultation period for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) approval process commenced on Tuesday 15 December 2015 and will conclude on Friday January 2016. As this product is a new active constituent, under the requirements of the AgVet Code, APVMA must conduct public consultation before finalising its decision.
The period to submit an EOI is extended until 31 May 2016. If you have already submitted an EOI, your submission is still valid and will be considered after the EOI period closes later this year. The research team are still accepting online EOIs from landowners and managers wanting to be involved in the release. The research team will strategically select sites mid-2016 and notify successful applicants.
What to do now?
It is strongly encouraged that landholders undertake their usual autumn rabbit management activities. Late summer/early autumn is the ideal time to undertake poisoning and ripping programs and capitalise on naturally low rabbit populations. Undertaking conventional rabbit management programs at this time will not affect your chances of being selected as a release site for RHDV1-K5.
For enquiries regarding rabbit management in your state or territory jurisdiction, please call or email your local land management authority. Details can be found via PestSmart Connect - www.pestsmart.org.au/connect.