Corella cull will target scout birds at Sturt Reserve, on Murray Bridge riverfront

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

A licenced shooter will be brought in to deter corellas from settling in the trees at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge this summer.

The city's council plans to engage a shooter to cull "scout" birds, which arrive ahead of larger flocks, at a cost of $20,000.

The strategy is one of several planned to limit the damage caused by corellas this summer, and will be overseen by a committee which includes representatives of the Department of Environment and Water and Murray Bridge's lawn tennis club, golf club and swimming pool.

Councillor Karen Eckermann said she would also bring her “unique perspective” as an animal rights advocate to the committee, and would advocate against a cull.

The "relatively small" flocks of 200-700 corellas which took up residence on the riverfront last summer did not have much impact, though they did damage the nearby lawn tennis courts.

More destructive flocks had been reported in previous years.

The council had sought to hire a shooter so last year, but none of the four accredited organisations it approached were able to provide the information needed to comply with its procurement policy.

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