Field Trips

A number of field trips are available at an additional cost to delegates pre and post the Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference with thanks to our Conference Partner

See the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) leadership in rabbit control in action

Date and Location

Monday 4 May 2020

Gooram, Victoria

9am to 430pm

Cost is $100 per person (not included in registration fees)

Outcome

Are you looking to boost your rabbit management expertise? Do you currently manage a rabbit control program in your community or workplace? Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others for better rabbit control? Anyone involved in the management of rabbits on private or public land or interested in developing community-led action is welcome.

Description

The Granite Creeks Project Inc network has been running a community-led program since the mid 1990’s in their region. More recently, their work has been used as an example of effective community-led action in supporting the work of Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN). VRAN is a community pest management group established in 2014, to promote community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria.

Join us for a field visit and a facilitated discussion on-site and continue your networking while travelling back to Melbourne in time for the AVPC conference welcome drinks. This site has a little of everything. It’s a state wide and community rabbit monitoring site. The community is motivated and a VRAN Bootcamp technical rabbit management program has been held here. Compliance programs have been used to support the maintenance of community expectations and to protect the huge investment made over more than 25 years.

Hear from a VRAN mentor, Neil Devanny, who is a recognised expert in rabbit management, community-led action and one of the mentors for participants involved in the work of VRAN. The group will also provide insights and knowledge from their extensive experience across community, industry and government.

5 reasons to attend

  1. Hear from the best thinkers and leaders in Victoria on rabbit management
  2. Get refreshed and motivated to tackle the challenge of rabbit control
  3. See best practice rabbit management first-hand
  4. Meet people who work in the same field, increase your networks and resources
  5. Learn more about how you can be involved in making a difference in your community or organisation

Audience: Who should participate

Twenty places are available. Attendees are welcome from community members, volunteers and professionals interested in leading rabbit management, whether it be through a community or farming group, Landcare, government agency, Catchment Management Authority or another organisation with responsibilities in land management. It may also be useful for those who deal with other pest species, as they may be able to cherry pick principles and strategies that may suit their projects.

Schedule

Meet Agriculture Victoria’s Attwood site (475 Mickleham Rd Attwood which is 10 minutes from Tullamarine airport) at 9 am

  • 9:45 Depart Attwood
  • 11:30 Arrive Gooram Hall for toilet break (10 mins) and brief historical outline (20 mins)
  • 12:00 Leave Gooram Hall
  • 12:10 Arrive site 1: Landholder 1 (Jack Devanny’s place) … toilet break (10 mins).  Meet landholder, history of rabbit program, vision for future, evidence of effective rabbit management on property.
  • 12:50 Leave site 1
  • 1:05 Arrive site 2: Landholder 2 (Mt. Cecelia landholder Name TBC) …lunch. Meet new landholder to the area, new commitment to the community rabbit program, requires building new partnerships and continuing the work of previous owner.
  • 2:00 Leave site 2.
  • 2:10 Arrive Gooram Hall for toilet break/‘Fill the gaps in information …’/Reflections/debrief.
  • 2:45 Leave Gooram Hall.
  • 4:30 Arrive Attwood

Transport

Please note that the field trip will involve transport by 4WD vehicles.

Transport Attwood to Melbourne CBD (plan to arrive by 5:30 pm) for hotel check and conference welcome drinks

What to bring

Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, water bottle

See how deer management is contributing to the recovery of the endangered and other significant fauna species

Date and Location

Monday 4 May 2020

Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, Victoria

9am to 4pm

Cost is $100 per person (not included in registration fees)

Outcome

Are you looking to boost your deer management expertise? Do you currently manage a deer control program in your community or workplace? Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others for better deer control, and how this can contribute to the recovery of Helmeted Honeyeater, Leadbeater’s Possum and other significant faunal species? Anyone involved in the management of deer, particularly for conservation benefits is welcome.

Description

Join us for a field visit and hear from the team at Parks Victoria about Victoria’s deer control approaches. Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve has active deer control, great research, Zoos Victoria linkages and a number of deer exclusion fences protecting different areas with coordinated removal of deer and other pest animals for conservation benefits.

On the way to Yellingbo you’ll learn about Parks Victoria’s statewide approach to deer management. Once at the reserve, local rangers will fill you in on what they are achieving, and you can visit a deer exclusion area. We will also invite the Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater to present to us. They are on site daily and can provide on ground knowledge about the changes to the reserve over time due to deer and the effectiveness of the deer fencing and deer control programs.

You’ll also hear about Parks Victoria’s latest proposal to create a new public park nearby at Haining Farm. This ex dairy farm is being transformed, with habitat for endangered native species and a deer exclusion fence constructed around the entire conservation area.

3 reasons to attend

  1. Hear from the best thinkers and leaders in Victoria on deer management
  2. Get refreshed and motivated to tackle the challenge of deer control
  3. Meet people who work in the same field, increase your networks and resources

Audience: Who should participate

Twenty places available. Attendees are welcome from professionals interested in deer management.

Schedule

9:30 am depart from Conference venue (Sofitel CBD Melbourne)

First stop if needed – Department of Environment, Land, Water, And Planning office (609 Burwood Hwy, Knoxfield) for other field day participants (~ 1 hour)

Last stop Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve visitor centre (~ 40 mins from Knoxfield)

Sites are walking distance from the visitor centre at Yellingbo

Return from Yellingbo to Melbourne CBD (plan to arrive by 3:30-4pm) for hotel check-in and conference welcome drinks

Transport

Bus pickup from Conference venue Melbourne to Yellingbo and from Yellingbo to Melbourne.

 

What to bring

Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, water bottle