Council starts Corella control

Mid Murray Council will begin targeted Corella control, based on last year’s successful pilot program.

The program will begin as required at Swan Reach, Zadow’s Landing, Wall Flat and Bowhill in coming weeks in consultation with landholders.

Chief executive officer Russell Peate said the council was working with local residents and landholders to deal with the problem and had set aside $10,000 in the 2017/18 budget for the initiative.

In 2016 the council employed a contractor to trial different control methods across various locations and before community events, including spray jets, gas guns and culling.

Mr Peate said control measures using firearms would be used as a last resort and only in unpopulated areas and he appreciated not everyone would agree on this point.