Corella man­age­ment plan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil is work­ing on a suite of op­tions to aid in the man­age­ment of prob­lem corel­las that are im­pact­ing as­sets and open public space in the Wim­mera.

Coun­cil devel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor An­gela Mur­phy said the op­tions would fo­cus on non-lethal forms of man­age­ment and are be­ing de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Hor­sham en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant firm Rivertech En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­tural Her­itage Ser­vices.

“First and fore­most, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand and ac­cept that there is no ‘mag­i­cal sil­ver-bul­let’ so­lu­tion to bird con­trol, es­pe­cially corel­las,” Ms Mur­phy said.

“Many mem­bers of our com­mu­nity are not aware of the com­plex­i­ties in man­ag­ing prob­lem wildlife, par­tic­u­larly corel­las.”

Ms Mur­phy said the op­tions would in­form a new corella man­age­ment strat­egy that would likely in­clude habi­tat ma­nip­u­la­tion and en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions rather than re­ly­ing on the tra­di­tional con­trol mea­sures.

“Corella food source man­age­ment is one of the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered and is likely to be one of the tools for Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil and user groups to em­brace for pro­tec­tion of their as­sets,” she said.

“The Depart­ment of Sus­tain­abil­ity and En­vi­ron­ment tri­als with food source min­imi­sa­tion dur­ing 2006 showed en­cour­ag­ing re­sults in re­duc­ing dam­age by for­ag­ing corel­las.”

Ms Mur­phy said the birds have been an is­sue in nu­mer­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for many years.

“It should be ac­knowl­edged that the birds are part of our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“Hor­sham is a re­gional city with a ru­ral set­ting and is one of sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have abun­dant wildlife that can some­times cre­ate is­sues at cer­tain times of the year.

“We are li­ais­ing with key sport­ing and user groups to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­port and re­quest that they take re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­tain­ing and look­ing af­ter their fa­cil­i­ties and ovals.

“For ex­am­ple, Hor­sham Lawn Ten­nis Club is cur­rently us­ing a gas scare gun on loan from Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil and is pro­vid­ing feed­back on the re­sults.

“Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil has pre­vi­ously tri­alled the use of drones to scare corel­las away from open public space un­der coun­cil man­age­ment.

“No man­age­ment op­tion used by it­self is likely to be wholly ef­fec­tive, but in­te­grated with other op­tions,

“Hor­sham is a re­gional city with a ru­ral set­ting and is one of sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have abun­dant wildlife that can some­times cre­ate is­sues at cer­tain times of the year” – An­gela Mur­phy

might prove to be ef­fec­tive against an an­i­mal that is classed as a ‘learn­ing bird’ and one which has proven to be adap­tive and re­spon­sive to pre­vi­ous at­tempts at man­age­ment.

“It is largely a com­mu­nity is­sue and coun­cil be­lieves the re­spon­si­bil­ity of corella man­age­ment should be spread across groups and in­di­vid­u­als as much as pos­si­ble where the im­pacts are oc­cur­ring in ar­eas un­der their man­age­ment.”

Ms Mur­phy said a re­cent shoot­ing of corel­las at Hor­sham’s Cough­lin Park was ap­proved.

“Hor­sham Saints Cricket Club re­ceived ap­proval from Vic­to­ria Po­lice for a pop­u­lous place per­mit to use a firearm to con­trol corel­las at Cough­lin Park,” she said.

“It should be noted that Cough­lin Park is clas­si­fied as pri­vate land and is there­fore not un­der coun­cil con­trol nor man­age­ment.”

She said peo­ple can find out more plan­ning in­for­ma­tion by con­tact­ing her on 5382 9777.

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