Pest animals and nuisance native wildlife


Pest animals

Under state legislation, the control of pest animals such as rabbits is the responsibility of the property owner. If you cannot do the control works yourself, you can hire a private pest control service. You will find qualified pest control contractors in your region by using the Yellow Pages.

For information on pest animals visit PestSmart Connect or Agriculture Victoria . These websites contain information on the ecology of pest species and control strategies.

Council undertakes pest animal control on land it owns and manages. Find out more:

Pest Plant and Animal Management Strategy(PDF, 7MB)

Pest Plant and Animal Management Strategy - Annual Action Plan 2020-2021(PDF, 600KB)

Pest Plant and Animal Management Strategy - Annual Progress Report 2019-2020(PDF, 613KB)

Rabbit control program

Late summer/early autumn provide the ideal conditions to begin your rabbit control program. The warmer, drier months help to reduce rabbit numbers through a combination of less feed being available and the impact of the biological controls: Calicivirus and Myxomatosis. These biological controls are already in the environment and are spread by insects (flies, fleas & mosquitos).

Rabbits cause significant damage to agriculture and the natural environment.  Under the Victorian Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, all landholders have a legal duty to prevent the spread of, and as far as possible eradicate, rabbits on land they own or manage. Enforcement of the legal duty to undertake rabbit control works is carried out by Agriculture Victoria. Council does not have any enforcement powers under the Catchment and Land Protection Act. Contact Agriculture Victoria directly to discuss or to obtain further information.

Council undertakes rabbit control on land it owns and manages. Find out more:

Rabbit Management Policy(PDF, 226KB)

Nuisance native wildlife

From time to time, some native wildlife species may be of nuisance to you. Native wildlife such as Cockatoos, Corellas, Magpies, Masked Lapwings (commonly called Plovers) and Kangaroos are protected and Council is not authorised to control or destroy these species. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is the agency responsible for native wildlife and there is detailed nuisance wildlife information on their website or you can call 136 186 to speak with one of their wildlife officers.


The relocation of problem possums is prohibited but DELWP provides detailed information on other control options on their website . Council does not lend out or hire out possum traps.

Swooping Birds

You can log a swooping bird location and learn more about swooping birds and what precautions you can take on the DELWP website

Cockatoos, Corellas and Galahs

DELWP recognises it can be challenging living with these birds. Visit their website for tips for living alongside these species.


To find out more about the management of kangaroos visit the DELWP website 


What we do

Our mosquito management program involves monitoring and treatment of major breeding sites, in line with the breeding cycle of the three main mosquito species in the Geelong/Surf Coast area.

The program normally operates from August to late March each year. Generally mosquito numbers are very low during the winter months, therefore monitoring and treatment are not needed during this period.

There are however limitations to any responsible program of this nature and this is why there will still be mosquitoes in the area.

We can also provide educational material for use in school and in the home.

Our Environmental Health Unit coordinates Council's mosquito management program in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong. You can find further information on the City of Greater Geelong Mosquito Management page.

What you can do