Working with the GWLAP Association, we’ve used a number of methods to control rabbits over the 300ha of revegetation around the lower lakes. Based on community requirements we have used either 1080 or Pindone, which has been laid by hand or machine, depending on the terrain and proximity to residential areas. The baiting program is reinforced with additional pest control methods, including fumigation, harbour removal and fencing of critical areas.
Because our lower lakes are such an environmentally important and sensitive area, the success of revegetation program is critical. Left unchecked, rabbits can destroy hundreds of thousands of seedlings in a single night. Creating a buffer zone protects these seedlings and ensures revegetation works have a chance to fully establish.
We carry out regular monitoring of our pest control practices, compiling data and using this to further enhance our programs.
Lakes Flora completed revegetation site preparation for the CLLMM Commercial Plantings managed by Rural Solutions SA.
This work included blanket spraying of herbaceous weeds, brush cutting and extensive woody weed control on islands in the Mud Islands Game Reserve. The sites were remote and quite difficult to access. For example on islands and areas where 2 km foot insertions were required, we were forced to carry in all our equipment by hand and complete the project without any vehicle support.
Although were often required to work to a tight time schedule, we were able to successfully complete the project on time and budget.
Under government regulations, mining companies must comply with strict environmental and revegetation policies. We were contracted to help the Hillgrove and Terramin mines meet their Environmental Impact Statement obligations and to make fulfilling their Mining & Rehabilitation Program easier.