RHDV1 K5 pest rabbit biocontrol – national release

Following is an announcement from the Department of Agriculture and Food

Current situation

      • National release of a new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, called RHDV1 K5, commenced in the first week of March at more than 600 sites across the country.
      • In Western Australia there have been 135 release sites.
      • RHDV1 K5 is not a new virus, but is a naturally occurring Korean variant of RHDV1 already present in Australia.
      • It is expected that RHDV1 K5 will work better in the cool-wet regions of Australia, where the existing strain has not been so successful.
      • Pest rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural and environmental pest animal, costing upwards of $200 million in lost agricultural production annually.
      • RHDV1 K5 is anticipated to slow down the increase in pest rabbit numbers, by reducing rabbit populations by up to ~ 40%.
      • The goal is for RHDV1 K5 to ‘boost’ current management.
      • The release is the culmination of more than six years of research undertaken by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre RHD ‘Boost’ project.
      • This is the first release of a new rabbit biocontrol agent in 20 years.
      • To maximise the effectiveness of RHDV1 K5, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is seeking the support of release site managers, communities and the general public:
        • Domestic rabbit owners are advised to seek advice from their local veterinarian and use protective biosecurity measures to help keep their rabbits safe from infection.
        • Domestic rabbits with up to date vaccinations for the existing strain are likely to be safe from RHDV1 K5.
        • RHDV1 K5 will be most effective if supported by integrated pest management, with conventional control measures being undertaken following release of the virus.
        • A series of instructional ‘how-to’ videos on best practice rabbit control has been released by the Invasive Animals CRC.
        • Release sites, landholders located close to release sites, and members of the public are urged to get involved by using the RabbitScan (FeralScan) app to report rabbit sightings or signs of disease. This will help track the spread of the virus.
        • Land managers are strongly encouraged to carry out concurrent control for predators such as foxes.
        • The release is being delivered by the Invasive Animals CRC with major financial and in kind resources provided by the Australian and state governments, and industry and non-government organisations.

More information

    • For more information visit DAFWA’s RHDV1 K5 web pages – agric.wa.gov.au/rhdv.
    • For a detailed summary of field and experimental data into the efficacy of RHDV – PestSmart website.
    • For more on RHDV protection and prevention – Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) website
    • The RabbitScan app is available from iTunes or GooglePlay, or can be downloaded from the FeralScan website.
    • The video series on best practice rabbit control can be downloaded from the PestSmart website.
    • The Invasive Animals CRC issues regular RHD Boost E-updates to report on progress of the release program. To subscribe go to pestsmart.org.au/subscribe.

Be quick – applications close Friday 10 March


Are you between the ages of 12 and 25 years old?

Do you have an interest in what opportunities are provided for youth in the community?

Join Waroona Youth Advisory Council (YAC) today!

YAC provides a forum for young people to get together and discuss youth issues, initiatives and projects. We also advise the Shire of Waroona on a wide range of Youth Issues.

Waroona’s YAC consists of a group of young people from a variety of backgrounds who represent their community/area. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 4.30pm at the Shire of Waroona Administration Office.

To ensure a diverse representation, we would like members from Waroona, Preston Beach, Lake Clifton and Hamel aged between 12 and 25 years, who attend local and outside schools.

If you are interested in joining, please contact the coordinator below, or apply by completing the Application Form, and returning to the Shire of Waroona

For more information, please contact Brad Vitale on 9733 7800 or at cdo@waroona.wa.gov.au

Prohibited burning

This is a reminder from your local friendly bushfire brigade that we are still in a prohibited burning period. You must not light any fire until 14 March and between 15 March and 26 April you must have a permit.

With the burst of hot weather and no rain in sight, it it very likely that these dates will be extended. You can get the up to date information here.

There was a smell of smoke after some showers recently. Possibly just a pile of leaves but if it gets into the dry grass even this can cause a disaster. So please observe the rules and save our volunteers from dealing with yet another major fire.

Australia Day 2017

Another very successful Australia Day breakfast! Pat and Peter Brown raised the flag and Jenny Rose told us a bit about them.

“Pat and Peter are among the very early residents of Armstrong Hills, having moved into their home in 1989. There were four other homes either occupied or being constructed in the subdivision and there were no telephones. Even if they had invested in what were then very expensive (and clumsy) semi mobile phones, they would have been useless because there was no signal.

Pat and Peter’s block was impacted by the fire in January 2011. Very fortunately, their house was not burnt but they lost their fences and much of their garden. Even that traumatic experience could not dampen their enthusiasm for living in this beautiful locality.

They have been on the committee of the Association since about 2005 and most importantly have always been here to lend a hand. Whether it is cooking sausages, hanging pictures, working in the kitchen, delivering newsletters or whatever else has needed doing, they have always been first to offer help and have never complained or sought recognition.

These people embody all of the attributes that make us Australians and it is very appropriate that they raise our flag this morning.”

Total fire bans

Total fire bans have been declared for Australia Day, 26th January 2107, in the shires of Armadale. Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Chittering, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gingin, Gosnells. Harvey, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Swan, Toodyay and Waroona.

Green Army Graduation

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) Green Army team graduation, on the 30th November 2016, was held at Cantwell Park Pinjarra.
This Green Army team was “donated” by the PHCC to help with the Lake Clifton-Herron Landcare Group’s re-vegetation work around Lake Clifton. Without this help the 2016 work would not have been achieved.
The Landcare Group’s project —3R’s for Lake Clifton – Restore, Re-habilitate, Re-Vegetate— funded by the State National Resource Management programme, is ongoing and continues the work done over the past 5 years.

Blue bush

Some of the bush areas burnt last January are awash with blue – Rottnest Island Daisies. A sight to see. A good vantage point is along Coronation Road. Turn left at the end of the quarry about 3-4km south of Lake Clifton Road and go along for about a km.

Australia Day 2017


Following the great success of the breakfast in 2016, there will be NO CHARGE for breakfast on Australia Day in 2017.Everybody is welcome – you do not need to be a member of the association BUT the association cannot afford to continue providing this free indefinitely unless we have a lot more members. The Shire of Waroona will not fund us as they want us all to go to Waroona and the City of Mandurah will not fund us because the hall is not in their shire. So like most things in our area, we have to do it ourselves. PLEASE consider paying the modest $27.50 per family to support this and the other services we provide. A membership application is available here.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on food so PLEASE RSVP via a Facebook comment or our web site or contact Jenny on 0428343028 or email before Monday 23rd. The flag will be raised at 8:00 am followed by breakfast from 8:15 to 9:15.