Bunbury Council looks at options for ‘nuisance’ birds

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Flocks of nuisance corellas have been causing a stir in Bunbury, forcing Bunbury City Council to take action.
Camera IconFlocks of nuisance corellas have been causing a stir in Bunbury, forcing Bunbury City Council to take action. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Bunbury City Council is weighing up its options to deal with an increasing number of “nuisance” birds flocking to the city.

Corellas have been causing a stir across Bunbury forcing more than 40 residents surrounding Horseshoe Lake in East Bunbury to express concerns at a recent community gathering.

Residents complained the birds had been causing them stress due to sleepless nights and damage to their properties costing hundreds of dollars to repair.

The council has been forced to take action and is undertaking an “active control program” in line with a Department of Parks and Wildlife permit.

While a cull of the birds has not been ruled out, Mayor Gary Brennan said all options would be considered and it was a difficult issue to manage.

“No one likes to cull animals but this is a serious issue that left unmanaged will likely result in ongoing and increasing issues for the community of Bunbury,” Mr Brennan said.

“It is part of a broader regional problem that needs to be managed responsibly, sensitively and humanely.”

The council is liaising with other affected landholders including the Southern Ports Authority regarding the control of the birds.

The council says it is investigating ways to disperse the birds from problem areas, such as roost sights.

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