Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Beyond the Fence: Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board 1892-2022

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This intriguing book was launched in Warwick last week by Chair of Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board (DDMRB) Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Janice Holstein. It tells the Board’s story and that of rabbits in Australia.

The DDMRB maintains the oldest and longest purpose-built, rabbit-proof barrier fence still in use in Australia, if not the world.

It is the only organisation in Australia that is specially dedicated to the eradication of rabbits.

Cr Holstein said, “Rabbits are Australian agriculture’s most costly vertebrate pest animal and are the single biggest menace to threatened native species. The DDMRB protects 28,000 square kilometres of south-east Queensland with a 555 kilometre fence, much of which is top netted for wild dogs. Keeping rabbits is illegal in Queensland and for over a century, the fence has protected valuable horticultural and agricultural areas, safeguarded the natural environment, and reduced the impacts of other invasive species”.

Beyond the Fence author is Dr Margaret Kowald, a Brisbane-based professional historian whose books reflect a wide-ranging interest in Queensland history.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Beyond the Fence hop onto the DDMRB’s web site www.ddmrb.org.au/beyond-the-fence/

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