Meet our National Rabbit Facilitator, Michael Reid
Michael Reid is the Invasive Animals CRC National Rabbit Facilitator and is helping people think differently about how to manage this invasive species. He is passionate about communities, government and industry collaborating to test new ideas about how we can work together, and most importantly, get some on-ground results.
Michael believes that the big gains to be made in rabbit management over the next ten years will be defined by the way communities work together to tackle the problem.
“We have a variety of tools to manage rabbits, but it’s about implementing these tools, working together, and innovative and resourceful ways we can engage the whole community to manage one of Australia’s worst pest animals ” Michael said.
Michael is working with communities to re-frame rabbit management as a social issue, rather then just purely a technical problem saying, "the gains and innovation in rabbit management will come when people are working together in a sustained approach to manage this pest”.
As part of his national role, Michael has been piloting a new collaborative approach to integrated rabbit management which focuses on influencing the ‘people side’ of rabbit management. The program is developing a strong reputation across the state. To date it has facilitated a Rabbit Leadership Program, a three day course focused on building the next generation of rabbit expertise. A mentor and learning network has also been established to provide ongoing support and a point of contact.
“Learning is not just a one off thing; people continue to learn about rabbit management with experience. We aren’t trying to recreate the wheel and are focused on ensuring we build on past experiences,” Michael finished by saying.
A Rabbit Management Conference was also convened in Melbourne last year which attracted over 150 participants from across Australia and New Zealand. More recently, the program is piloting a Small Grants Program, supporting innovative projects across Victoria and now plans are underway to develop a set of protocols to support other states and territories interested in applying this holistic approach.
For more information on the Rabbit Leadership Program and to implement this program in your jurisdiction please visit www.rabbitaction.com. If you'd like to make contact with Michael simply reply to this email and we'll put you in touch.