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Agency ID4029
TitleDarling Downs and Moreton Rabbit Board
Agency TypeStatutory authority
Start Date 1/5/1964
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Undertake activities to prevent the incursion and migration of rabbits

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Series IDTitleFromTo
21229Minutes - Darling Downs Rabbit Board 1/5/1964 6/5/1964
21227Minutes - Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board 7/5/1964 23/6/1981
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Information Sources

DDMRB Local authority areas - Queensland Government Gazette Vol CCXVI, no 68, 27 June 1964, p. 931
Rabbit Act 1964 (proclamation) - Queensland Government Gazette Vol CCXV, no 78, 18 April 1964, p. 1388
Queensland Government Directory 1995
Queensland Government Directory 1986
Register of Statutory Authorities 1988
Queensland Government Directory 1998
Rural Lands Protection Act 1985 - Part 3 Division 2; Schedule 3, Section 33 (extent); Division 4 - Regulations
Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management Act 2002)
Biosecurity Act 2014, Chapter 4, Part 1 - Invasive Animal Boards
Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board; viewed on 3 April 2019
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Establishing Rabbit Act 1964
Abolishing N/A
Administered Rabbit Act 1964;
Biosecurity Act 2014
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Rabbit Boards and Districts were first established under the "Rabbit Boards Act, 1885". Under the "Rabbit Act of 1964", which came into operation on 1 May 1964, the Darling Downs Rabbit Board and the Moreton Rabbit Board were merged to become the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board (DDMRB).

The purpose of the Boards was to undertake activities to prevent the incursion and migration of rabbits. As part of its duties, the Boards engaged in seeking out and destroying rabbits, and erecting, altering and reinforcing rabbit-proof fences.

In 1964, the local authority areas within the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit District comprised the Shires of Albert, Allora, Beaudesert, Boonah, Cambooya, Chinchilla (part), Clifton, Crow's Nest (part), Gatton, Glengallan, Jondaryan, Laidley, Millmerran (part), Moreton, Pittsworth, Rosalie (part), Rosenthal and Wambo.

Membership of the Boards was open to owners of runs within the defined districts. In addition to the elected pastoralists, an Inspector of Rabbits also sat on the Board.

The establishment of Boards, Districts and Board Membership was notified in the Queensland Government Gazettes.

The Carnarvon, Maranoa, Warrego, Mitchell, Gregory North, and Burke Rabbit Boards were abolished by "The Grazing District Improvement Act of 1930". These were replaced in some areas by District Improvement Boards. The Act did not abolish the Leichhardt, Darling Downs or Moreton District Boards. One effect of the 1930 Act was to allow for the broadening of pet control efforts in Queensland to include other vermin such as wild pigs, rats, wallabies, dingos, foxes, hares, eagle hawks, etc.

In 2016, the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board operational area incorporates land included in the following local government areas: Western Downs Regional Council; Toowoomba Regional Council; Southern Downs Regional Council; Lockyer Valley Regional Council; Scenic Rim Regional Council; Ipswich City Council; Logan City Council; and City of Gold Coast. The Board Directors are all elected Councillors from the respective Councils that contribute to the Rabbit Board operations. Due to all directors being elected Councillors no remuneration was paid. The Board currently employs 15 staff and maintains 8 houses along the fence for the patrolmen and their families. Although most of the patrols are now done by motor vehicle, some patrols are done on foot due to the rugged terrain.

The eight local authority areas pay an annual precept to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) for this service. Land Protection Officers (from Biosecurity Queensland-DAF) assist landholders with rabbit control in regions that fall outside the Board operational area.
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID4029, Darling Downs and Moreton Rabbit Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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