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EDITORIAL | Corellas – we need a solution

Dean Lawson Editorial Nov 2017What a dilemma! No, not the date of Australia Day! Something far more serious – corellas!
As we wrestle and debate over a great wad of cultural, social and philosophical issues permeating through the national media… a series of gregarious squarks from outside brings us back to earth.
Corellas, our super-intelligent, seemingly neurotic and forever frustrating Australian native parrots, are back with a vengeance in Wimmera centres such as Horsham, and up to their tricks again.
Long-billed corellas, as their name suggests, have a wonderful utensil at the end of their nose – and don’t they love using it?
As their distant cousins, the lorikeets and rosellas, decimate back-yard fruit and nut crops, corellas, often in partnership with galahs or sulphur-crested cockatoos, delight in transforming manicured bowling greens, footy ovals, cricket pitches, roads and tennis courts into areas of devastated cultivation.

Corellas are becoming a problem around Horsham.

Corellas are becoming a problem around Horsham.

Then there’s the stripping of pine trees and dismantling of everything from tin sheds to electrical wiring.
You name it – corellas will have a crack.
The bottom line is that the birds are destructive and responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damage, money we often can’t afford.
We know of course that amid the outrage, people will be out for blood and be calling for a wholesale slaughter of what many describe as vermin.
In the Wimmera we’ve seen and heard it all before.
Shooting, gassing, poisoning, extermination! All have been put forward as solutions and even put in practice.
If they sound extreme, they certainly are, and we’re better than that as a modern and educated society.
Flocks of long-billed corellas are uniquely Australian, and despite feral populations that have established from escaped pets in other parts of the country, have a natural range limited to western Victoria and southern NSW.
There is no doubt they can be major agricultural and domestic pests but they are also part of a wildlife web that occurs nowhere else on the planet.
Corellas are becoming a problem around Horsham.

Corellas are becoming a problem around Horsham.

So what do we do? History shows that when it comes to dealing with troublesome native wildlife that a simple hit-them-between-the-eyes mentality either fails dismally or leaves us with lingering regret.
We need to be smart. We have come a long way in our understanding of what makes the Australian environment tick.
The corella issue is the perfect example of where we can practically draw on knowledge to look after everyone – the birds as well as people.
Drawing on what we know, surely there must be a way to prevent these birds from attacking our parks, gardens and infrastructure without killing them en masse.
So come on ecologists and environmental scientists – many of you have spent a lifetime studying in this field.
Finding a solution for the corella issue that covers all bases is long overdue.
Now there’s a challenge.
Horsham council working on corella problem

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