Several Preston Beach residents have expressed concern over the culling of rabbits in their area. Murray Shire council last week notified residents it had endorsed “rabbit management” on Preston Beach Golf Course “to reduce the overabundance of rabbits in the area”. Murray shire manager of governance Rob Marlborough said in an email to residents that several options had been considered to reduce the rabbit numbers at Preston Beach. “Targeted shooting, using low-powered firearms by a suitably skilled and professional shooter was considered to be most effective, humane means of disposal,” he said. However, Preston Beach resident Michelle Logan said she did not believe the cull was necessary. “Having gunshots going off until 9:30pm every night and then having to explain to my nine-year-old grandson that they are shooting rabbits would be very distressing for him,” she said. “Shooting rabbits in a public place for three months just seems very excessive to me. “Preston Beach is very busy during the school holiday period and I don’t believe this should be happening at all.” Another resident Grant Page said he too was concerned about the shooters accidentally shooting people’s cats, dogs and kangaroos. “I have a pet kangaroo that hops around town and I’m worried that my kangaroo could be shot,” Mr Page said. He said his kangaroo had been with him since it was a pinkie and that the entire Preston community adored his pet. Mr Page said Preston Beach had no farmland so the rabbits would not destroy crops. The shooting will begin on September 14 and continue for three months, however, it will be suspended over the school holidays in the interests of child safety.. It will be permitted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between dusk and 9:30pm. The council said police had also been notified.