For the past few days wild weather has held up plans to begin a special eradication program on a rugged Subantarctic island.
A team of specialists, including 12 dogs, has arrived offshore at Macquarie Island, ready to begin the crucial operation.
The project aimed at eradicating rabbits and rodents is no overnight quick fix. It's expected to take five years and cost at least $25 million.
From the island, Tracy Bowden reports.