Local coordinators take on the role as volunteers, and they engage, assist and support land managers to bait and shoot foxes and rabbits on their own properties, with the assistance of a central coordinator.
This local action for regional results approach, also offers pathways for sponsors and partners to gain exposure to a strategic group of people. Each year between 50 and 70 Local coordinators are engaged to promote and run the events which cover the majority of the Agricultural Zone of Western Australia. This local promotion is supported with widespread media promotion from the central coordinator.
In Autumn 2016, 435 participants culled over 2000 pests over 2 main weekends
In Autumn 2017, 814 participants culled nearly 4000 pests over 2 main weekends.
In Autumn 2018, 1071 participants culled nearly 6000 pests over 3 main weekends
In Autumn 2019, 1125 participants culled over 7000 pests over 3 main weekends.
In Autumn 2020, prior to Covid-19 restrictions coming into force, 970 participants culled over 6500 pests over 2 main weekends.
In Autumn 2021, 1131 participants culled over 6200 pests over 2 main weekends.
Local coordinators come from a wide range of backgrounds and include Local Government Authorities, Landcare Officers, Sporting Groups, Individuals and Business Owners. In each event they run they have the opportunity to raise their profile, fundraise, educate, and merchandise, in addition to having a direct impact on building sustainable ecological systems. The Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program offers local coordinators a step by step guide, with templates and supporting documents, on how to run a successful RCRF shooting and/or baiting program. The key steps are:
1. Register as a local coordinator at www.redcard.org.au/registration
2. Find a suitable location to hold the tally and the breakfast
3. Promote the event
4. Register participants with your organisation
5. Record results
6. Submit results of tally including number of participants to www.redcard.org.au/results.
For the Hotbaiting period the steps are:
1. Register as a local coordinator
2. Send baiting forms and accreditation information to local landholders.
3. Landholders then do their accreditation and are able to lay baits
Within these key points is the opportunity to find local sponsors for prizes and to incorporate the events with a social, community engagement event.