Despite feedback indicating a second ‘Corella Control Program’ in the Mid Murray region has been successful in reducing numbers, council leaders have said managing the ongoing problem has become a “financial burden.”
Residents and community groups indicated the program had been successful but for the second season in a row Mid Murray council had to employ the services of a professional pest controller.
Control measures had been carried out at Swan Reach, Nildottie and Bowhill across summer months where some residents reported numbers had dropped by an estimated 1000 – 2000.
MMC chief executive officer Russell Peate said the control program had become a costly necessity.
“It’s unfortunate that MMC, along with other South Australian councils, has to resort to these measures,” he said.
“But each year, we see huge numbers of these birds return to our region and damage vital infrastructure and crops, not to mention creating a noisy and messy problem for local residents.”
Feedback from residents in the affected areas had been supportive of the control program and indicated to council they would like to see the program continue, should the birds return.
Mr Peate said council allocated $10,000 in the 2017/2018 budget for the control program.
“This is a long-term problem that requires long-term measures and council cannot continue to absorb the significant fincancial burden for annual control measures,” he said. “This is an ongoing problem for our region.”