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Council investigates options to manage nuisance birds

31 January 2019

Wattle Range Council is responding to community concerns about nuisance caused by flocks of Little Corellas, following a petition from concerned community members being tabled at the January Council meeting.

"Corellas can cause a number of problems when they flock together during the summer months. The most common problems are damage to trees (defoliation), taking grain, and disturbing residents with loud vocalisations. These native birds can also damage buildings, particularly when they chew flashing or wiring, tarpaulins, wooden structures, cars and a variety of crops", Council's Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower explains.

"In order to gauge the extent of the problem and to develop an integrated Corella management plan, Council is seeking feedback from the community. It is important that all stakeholders have a say in the management plan, as the support of the Tantanoola community is vital to the success of the project," Mr Gower said.

To assist in the development of a management plan Council is asking affected community members to either participate in a community forum to be held at the Tantanoola Football and Netball clubrooms on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 (starting at 6pm) or to make a written submission prior to the meeting.

Written submissions can be sent to Council via email to council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au or by post to PO Box 27, Millicent SA 5280.

Council recommends the following management measures be considered:

  • Reducing the availability of food and water resources to little corellas
  • Habitat modification to reduce the attractiveness of problem sites
  • Improve information and education to increase public awareness of little corellas
  • Creation of sacrificial sites as a refuge for little corellas
  • Disruption of little corellas at problem sites by:
    • Spotlighting (hand-held or automatic)
    • Noise generation (hand-held or automatic, including clapping, starter-pistols, guns, gas guns)
    • Lasers (hand-held)
    • Lethal deterrents (shooting to deter flocks)

Anyone interested in attending the meeting is encouraged to register their attendance by contacting Council on 8733 0900.

 

 

For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900

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