There is a new rabbit penalty sign on the border.
There is a new rabbit penalty sign on the border. John Gass

Be warned, fluffy bunnies could set you back $44k

THEY couldn't build a fence to keep the pesky rabbits out, so instead the Department of Transport and Main Roads has put up signs.

Darling Downs-Moreton rabbit board have, in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Gold Coast City Council, erected rabbit keeping penalty signs in a number of stops on the NSW/Queensland border.

"We would like to make people aware that it is illegal to keep rabbits in Queensland," a Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board spokesman said.

The main area for reported pet rabbit sightings is on the Gold Coast, and the penalty for keeping a rabbit in Queensland is up to $44,000.

"Rabbits destroy the environment with the cost to the economy of Australia exceeding $600 million per annum.

NSW allows people to keep a rabbit as a pet with strict guidelines and more if they obtain a licence.

"Rabbits have played a role in the reduced numbers and extinction of many native animals by competing for food and burrow space," the spokesman said.

You can find the signs at The Pacific Motorway, Nerang Murwillumbah road, Gold Coast Hwy and Tomewin Mountain Rd.



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