Res­i­dents alarmed at dead birds found along coast

Kwinana Courier - - News - Vanessa Sch­mitt

ROCK­ING­HAM res­i­dents were alarmed to find dead birds wash­ing up along the coast last week.

Caro­line Hume said there were pi­geons fall­ing out of the sky at Rock­ing­ham dog beach.

“I also found dead pi­geons in the bush next to Bun­nings,” she said.

Lynette Tai­whati was shocked to find a dead pen­guin and many dead pi­geons scat­tered across a Safety Bay beach.

“There were so many dead birds,” she said.

“I only walked a short dis­tance as there was just too many dead birds. I looked up the beach to­wards Warn­bro and all I could see were dead birds.”

John Cas­tle found dead pi­geons along the Rock­ing­ham beach fore­shore.

“It was mainly around the Wan­liss Street end head­ing to­wards the grain ter­mi­nals,” he said. “I stopped count­ing af­ter I got to 70 dead birds.”

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said a small dead pen­guin on Safety Bay Beach was col­lected and sent to Perth Zoo for an au­topsy to de­ter­mine the cause of death. The re­sults will be avail­able in a few weeks.

Cr Sam­mels said the City had been made aware that grain ex­porter CBH, which has a grain ter­mi­nal in the area, had en­gaged li­censed pest tech­ni­cians to carry out a bait­ing pro­gram to con­trol the large num­ber of feral pi­geons.

“The City has con­tacted CBH and is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing to en­sure that the pro­gram is be­ing con­ducted in a man­ner that does not cause any un­due harm to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Sev­eral en­quiries were re­ceived by the coun­cil but no com­plaints have been lodged.

CBH group gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said the com­pany reg­u­larly mon­i­tors the num­ber of feral birds, such as pi­geons, at their sites.

“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that we meet Aus­tralian food ex­port stan­dards and quar­an­tine reg­u­la­tions,” he said.

“CBH un­der­takes a num­ber of feral bird con­trol meth­ods at our sites.

“As a last re­sort, bait­ing is used as a con­trol method when feral bird num­bers are at a level that con­sti­tutes sig­nif­i­cant risk to food safety or grain qual­ity, and where the po­ten­tial ex­ists for ex­port and quar­an­tine re­quire­ments to be im­pacted. CBH can also be di­rected by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to un­der­take con­trol mea­sures as re­quired by the Ex­port Con­trol Act 1982.

“CBH’s pest man­age­ment pro­to­cols align with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions, and en­sure best prac­tices and hu­mane meth­ods are utilised with feral bird con­trol.”

Lynette Tai­whati took these pho­tos of dead birds at Safety Bay last Friday.

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