Residents of Illowa are united and digging deep in the battle to rid the farming hamlet of wild rabbits.
The Illowa Rabbit Action Group is working with the Tower Hill Cemetery Trust, Moyne Shire Council, Regional Roads Victoria and private contractors to get the pesky rabbit population under control.
The Tower Hill Cemetery Trust has been active for a number of years in its battle to keep the rabbit numbers under control, but the fast-breeding mammals have proven a tough adversary.
Earlier this year, a meeting was held by Illowa residents, living between the Princes Highway and Douglas Lane, to discuss how the rabbits could be controlled, not only at the cemetery but on their own properties.
The Illowa Rabbit Action Group was formed from this and has since treated 350 rabbit burrows in Illowa.
Group member Ross Dawson said the latest working bee had focused on the cemetery, cutting back trees to take cover away from the rabbits.
Mr Dawson said the next step was to fill burrows near graves at the cemetery with bluestone pieces, donated by local resident and Bamstone founder Don Bartlett.
"The idea is to fill the holes to stop the rabbits causing further damage," Mr Dawson said.
"The great thing about what is happening at the moment is that everyone is working together to get the rabbits under control.
"The cemetery trust continues to work hard at finding solutions and the Moyne Shire and Regional Roads are keen as well because the rabbits can do a lot of damage to the roadsides. We have private contractors giving their time so it's all very positive."