Alexandrina Mayor's corella comments cause concern

Native nuisance: Little corellas are a problem across the Alexandrina district and the state. Photo: Victor Harbor Times.
Native nuisance: Little corellas are a problem across the Alexandrina district and the state. Photo: Victor Harbor Times.

A suggestion that corellas should be culled by gassing by Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes has drawn a mixed response in the local community.

In an interview with the ABC on March 27, Mr Parkes made a number of comments about the use of culling as a management option saying "with the gassing option, it's done very early in the morning in a remote area quickly and humanely ... you can set nets over them and catch large quantities and they just gas them quickly, so it's all over quickly".

It was also reported that Alexandrina Council had written to the Minister for the Environment, David Speirs, recommending the state government fund a program to cull corellas using gas.

The council later clarified that this was not the case.

In a statement, Mr Parkes said the comments were his personal opinion and did not reflect the views of the council.

"I have seen the damage and concern caused by little corellas locally, and am passionate about supporting our community to find a way forward, but we can't solve the issue alone," he said.

"There are many options that can be considered.

"I regret that (the interview) may have caused community concern."

A council spokesperson said the community had dealt with the impacts of over-abundant corellas for more than a decade.

"Little corella management is a complex issue with no easy fix," they said.

"Council's current approach ... includes scaring activities at specific sites."

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