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Council ‘gone too far’ with new catch and kill assisting wheelie bins, say Rockingham residents

The City of Rockingham has introduced a new wheelie bin design as it attempts to control corella “pests”.

The Corella Control Program has been in operation since 2014 after the City decided that preventative measures needed to be taken to control the increasing corella population.

The new bin design is the latest tool be implemented by the City as part of the program, with bins located in a number of spaces in the Rockingham area.

Some residents have made reports of bins being unkempt, with mouldy seed mixed in with rubbish due to confusion of the bins’ intended use.

Some view the method as unethical and don’t approve of the bins being located in public spaces such as the Rockingham Foreshore and Lark Hill Sporting Complex.

Volunteer wildlife rescuer Shelley Vokes is appalled by the City’s approach and handling of the corellas, which are native to some parts of WA.

“They could use eagle eyes as a decoy, decoy crops, using cages to protect lights,” Ms Vokes said.

“There’s just got to be a better way, I completely understand the corella is a bit of a pest, but there’s better ways.

“It’s this neanderthal barbaric attitude that just annoys me so much, if we don’t like it, we kill it.

“These birds have no voice, no ones speaking up for them, I have a voice.”

The City has highlighted existing concerns with the native corella, including damage to tree canopy, habitat of other birds, public health issues and public spaces.

The bins have been designed with a compartment located at the bottom of the bin, which is filled with seed to lure the birds, and are then captured and euthanised in accordance with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions licence.

Mayor Deb Hamblin said the City of Rockingham has recognised the issues posed by the corellas and is not alone, with many local governments across the metro areas and South West experiencing similar issues with the little and long-billed corellas.

“The City has previously implemented a range of methods to control the corella population, including the use of non-lethal measures. However, non-lethal methods have only ever provided short term effectiveness,” she said.

“The purpose of the feed stations is simply to attract the birds to a central location within an area where they are already known to be present in large numbers. When there are sufficient numbers of birds at the feed site a net is then set up to capture the birds so they can be humanely euthanised.

“All birds are removed from site immediately and the bins are maintained regularly.”

The City regularly reviews its Corella Control Program and considers all options.

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