Corella cull at Murray Bridge

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Subject: Corella cull at Murray Bridge
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 23:47:05 +1000
Extracted from the Murray Bridge local

Groups call for corella cull
Thursday, 13 April 2006

TO cull, or not to cull.
It is an issue that is dividing South Australia, and now the debate over how to manage soaring corella numbers has hit Murray Bridge. Fed up with the extensive damage to trees, greens and ovals, sporting clubs are calling for the birds to be culled. The Lower Murray Lawn Tennis Association wants the Murray Bridge council to take responsibility for corella control, saying the Sturt Reserve tennis courts will soon be completely destroyed if nothing is done. Meanwhile, the Murray Bridge Golf Club has taken the matter into its own hands to deal with its pink cockatoo - or galah - problem. It culls the birds three to four times a year as a deterrent measure, but has already culled three times in the first four months of 2006. Like the tennis courts, the galahs eat away at the golf course's greens and fairways, causing large divots. Club manager Gavin Sanderson said the birds were getting harder to scare away, and the club was considering culling them more often. In the lead up to last month's State election, Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the Liberal Party would introduce a State-wide corella control program if elected to government. While the party was defeated in the election, Mr Pederick said he would raise the issue with the State Government.
It's right along the river - it's just a huge problem, he said.
I think everyone needs to put their hand in their pocket, because we're just going to lose so many trees.
I'll certainly be pushing it forward with the Labor Government.
In the meantime, Mr Pederick said individual sporting clubs and community groups might just have to organise more culling days to try to drive them away.


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