Havoc for Strathalbyn residents in corella hot spots

NUISANCE: Corellas are back in Strathalbyn and Goolwa, causing havoc for schools and residents.

NUISANCE: Corellas are back in Strathalbyn and Goolwa, causing havoc for schools and residents.

STRATHALBYN – Corellas are causing havoc for Strathalbyn residents and schools.

Alexandrina Council has approval to begin a selective lethal shooting program, but it is not able to begin the program until corella numbers reach 800 in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens area.

Acting general manager engineering and environment Karen Rokicinski said council staff have been waiting for corella numbers to reach the minimum of 800 to trial the program.

“It’s a later start to the (corella) season,” she said.

Councillor Ben Brazzalotto said the corellas are causing havoc in other parts of town.

“The Eastern Fleurieu School secondary campus is currently being butchered by the corellas,” Cr Brazzalotto said.

“I’ve been receiving a phone calls from residents who are dealing with the corella problem and shift workers that can’t sleep. And there are damage and defecation issues.

“I think council is going to have to be more strenuous. It is affecting public health outcomes and people’s well-being.”

Ms Rokicinski said council cannot use the lethal shooting techniques on private land.

Council has reported 500 to 1000 Corellas in the Goolwa district, with complaints from 11 Strathalbyn residents and from two Goolwa residents.

“There have been no complaints from any other sites,” Cr Rokicinski said.

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