Wildlife Education

Fox and rabbit control grants are offered to residents throughout Manningham. When a neighbourhood group control rabbits in an integrated manner or an individual employs a fox control specialist, each participant is eligible to claim matching funding up to $250.

People concerned with Indian Myna populations in their neighbourhood can receive information on control options by speaking with a Manningham Environmental Officer and by visiting the Yarra Indian Myna Action Group (YIMAG) website.

European Wasps

European wasps can be of particular concern to health and safety when they are disturbed and become aggressive. European wasps can sting multiple times and can cause severe allergic reaction which can be life threatening to some people.

Call an ambulance (000) immediately if:

  • A child is stung more than 5 times
  • An adult is stung more than 10 times
  • Anyone is stung in the mouth or throat
  • There is a severe allergic reaction (even if from only 1 sting)
  • There is history of allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings

Please refer to the Better Health Channel  for more advice on severe allergic reactions and other first aid management.

Residents should remain vigilante if there is an increase in number of wasps around the property and speak with neighbours in an attempt to locate a possible nest. Nests are usually found at ground level in protected locations.

Owners are responsible for the removal of wasp nests on their property and should contact a licensed pest control operator to safely and quickly eradicate the nest.

If a nest is found on Council land or on a neighbouring property, please contact the Health and Local Laws unit on 9840 9256 for investigation.

Environmental Weeds

Weeds are plants that invade and thrive in environments in which they do not naturally occur.

Environmental Weeds threaten natural ecosystems, can invade native plant communities and compete with them for space, nutrients and sunlight, resulting in a reduction of plant diversity and loss of habitat for native animals.

Declared Noxious Weeds

By law, landholders are required to control or eradicate noxious weeds, as proclaimed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

For more information, see the Department of Environment and Primary Industries Invasive Plants - Noxious Weeds list.

Ongoing weed control

Manningham's Land Management Guide and land management officers can help you develop your ongoing weed control plan.

Manningham Council's Icon for application/pdf Weeds Identification brochure (13.61 MB) can help you better identify environmental weeds and explains the various methods of control

Copies of the brochure are available from Council offices.

Priority Precinct Program (PPP)

The PPP aims to reduce introduced weeds in Manningham to protect natural assets on both public and private land. This will result in enhanced biodiversity and better habitat values for threatened species such as the Brush-tailed Phascogale, known to breed in the area.

An equally important aim is to engage and educate land owners about the natural values of their properties and provide advice and skills to care for the land.