RES­I­DENTS CALL FOR CORELLA CULL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

AC­TION must be taken against the white corel­las plagu­ing Clare­mont, say res­i­dents.

At a Clare­mont Coun­cil meet­ing last Tues­day, Kevin Mait­land urged the Town to cull the birds.

He said he and many neigh­bours were wo­ken up re­peat­edly through­out the night by the scream­ing birds and were of­ten forced to start their day at 3am.

Mr Mait­land also said the corel­las were cre­at­ing a health haz­ard out­side Clare­mont li­brary, re­quir­ing fre­quent clean-ups.

He asked the coun­cil sev­eral ques­tions, in­clud­ing what was be­ing done to in­volve WALGA, how would a cull be funded and where would culling oc­cur.

Out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode an­swered some of the ques­tions, tak­ing the rest on no­tice.

“The coun­cil can’t and will not ever on its own be able to con­trol the corel­las… the State Gov­ern­ment abandoned its role in this area,” he said.

Mr Goode said the Gov­ern­ment had ap­proached lo­cal coun­cils years ago ask­ing for fund­ing but only Clare­mont and one other coun­cil was pre­pared to fund a cull.

“WALGA can only co-or­di­nate those who are willing, it can’t com­pel,” he said, not­ing that only the western suburbs, Ar­madale and Stir­ling coun­cils were pre­pared to work on ad­dress­ing a “met­ro­pol­i­tan area-wide prob­lem”.

A Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife spokes­woman said the State Gov­ern­ment “sup­ports a co­or­di­nated ap­proach to con­trol­ling corel­las and rain­bow lori­keets”.

“The depart­ment and the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, to­gether with some lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties, are cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing co-or­di­nated corella man­age­ment in parts of the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

“Con­trol of nui­sance birds such as corel­las and rain­bow lori­keets is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the land man­ager… Ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that lethal culling is the most ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism of re­duc­ing num­bers of these birds, and ef­fec­tive man­age­ment re­quires co-or­di­na­tion among lo­cal gov­ern­ments,” she said.

“Parks and Wildlife is pro­vid­ing sup­port and re­sources to WALGA and af­fected lo­cal gov­ern­ments to fa­cil­i­tate an ef­fec­tive and tar­geted ap­proach to man­age­ment of corel­las,” the spokes­woman added.

Act­ing Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Ledger told Western Suburbs Weekly the Town has “taken a lead­er­ship role, through WALGA, to try to co-or­di­nate a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach”.

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