The Barossa Council continues its battle against Little Corella flocks, thanks to an extensive and consistent management program.
Like in previous years, Council continues to field regular contact and reports about the disruptive and destructive Little Corella flocks. Council is acutely aware of the large flock of Little Corellas, especially in Nuriootpa, and has invested significant time and resources this year to try and minimise the impact they cause to the community and the natural environment.
“We are not the only Council being plagued by large flocks of Little Corellas; Light Regional Council and Gawler Council are also experiencing similar issues along with many of our sister communities across the state,” said Mayor Bob Sloane.
“Whilst this is not within Council’s control nor management responsibility, Council is committed to investing significant time and resources to minimise the impact of these flocks, but also feels the abundance of Little Corellas is a state-wide problem that requires a coordinated approach from State Government.”
Council’s current Little Corella management program employs the use of flashing lights, high powered torches, starting pistols and culling in small numbers at roosting sites in an effort to unsettle flocks and disperse their community.
“We have had success with this method before, with a large flock of approximately 1500 birds from Sandy Creek being successfully moved on earlier this year and we endeavour to continue this program to hopefully remove the large flock in Nuriootpa,” said Mayor Sloane.
“One of the difficulties we have faced this year is gaining permission to access properties where the Little Corellas are roosting. Staff continue to work with property owners in an effort to move the large flock out of Nuriootpa.”
Mayor Bob Sloane said Council officers are also confident that when the rains come, the flocks will leave the area as part of their annual cycle.
“Until such time, Council remains committed to continue its program to unsettle the flocks and deter them from public areas. We are working with the community to employ methods that are sympathetic to residents, but at the same time effective, in deterring the flocks from frequenting public areas,” he said.
“When the large flocks leave the area, planning will commence in anticipation of their return later in the year. Whilst it is a very labour intensive program, we feel that our efforts have minimised the damage that the flock may have otherwise incurred.”
Little Corellas are an unprotected native species.