New Interactive Website Launched to Help Manage Widespread Pests in Victoria

A new free and easy to use website has been released today to assist time poor land managers, pest controllers and community groups manage rabbits, gorse and serrated tussock on their land.

The Virtual Extension Officer Website (VEO), was developed by the Victorian Gorse Taskforce in collaboration with the Victorian Rabbit Action Network and the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party, to help people take control of these species.

Rabbits, gorse, and serrated tussock are widespread in Victoria and impact agricultural productivity and the environment.

The VEO was developed to enable landholders battling one of these species, to replicate their individual situation online and gather personalised information, in one location, without leaving their home.

In as easy as four clicks of a button, the user can choose their property location, species, infestation size and type of control they are interested in, and the VEO will advise the most appropriate methods of control.

According to Ron Cosgrave, VGT Chair, communities battling rabbits, gorse and serrated tussock will find great value in the website. “We have tried to simplify finding best practice information for those affected by these species, so they can apply it to their own situation. We hope it gives people the right advice and a little bit more confidence to start effectively managing their pest species,” he said.

Funding for the website was provided by the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper in collaboration with Agriculture Victoria.

The website can be accessed at

For more information, please email the VSTWP at