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    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board of Directors appointed

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board of Directors appointed

    The Palaszczuk Government remains committed to protecting primary producers from the threat of rabbits after confirming the appointments of the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board of Directors.

    Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said Councillors Anne Glasheen, Duncan McInnes, Glenn Tozer and Gregory Olm had been re-appointed as directors of the Board.

    “These re-appointments provide continuity and minimise disruptions to the Board’s operations,” the Minister said.

    “Two new Councillors, Janice Holstein and Joanne McNally, have also been appointed and will represent the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs Regional Councils.

    “The first board meeting was held in February and Councillor Anne Glasheen was appointed as the first female Chairperson of the Board.”

    Minister Byrne said rabbits were one of Australia’s major agricultural and environmental animal pests, as they were the primary cause of soil erosion by preventing regeneration of native vegetation.

    “In order to minimise the impact of rabbits on primary producers, the Board’s main function is to maintain the rabbit barrier fence in the Darling Downs-Moreton district,” the Minister said.

    “This includes patrolling, maintaining and rebuilding the 555 km fence to keep it in a rabbit-proof condition.

    “The district is spread across eight local government areas in southern Queensland.”

    The member councils of the Board include:

    • Western Downs Regional Council
    • Toowoomba Regional Council
    • Southern Downs Regional Council
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Logan City Council
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Gold Coast City Council.

     

    For further information on the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board, visit http://www.ddmrb.org.au/

    For further information on rabbit monitoring and control, call 13 25 23 or visit the website www.daf.qld.gov.au

    Media: 0417 768 626

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