Little Corellas cause chaos in Goolwa and Strathalbyn

A trail of destruction caused by Little Corellas in Goolwa and across the district has led a group of aged care residents to take a stand.

For years, these birds has been the topic of heated debate as their presence continues to grow

In March last year, Alexandrina Council enlisted shooters with a licence to kill a limited number of little corellas in Strathalbyn.

Now, residents of the Riverside Retirement Village on Liverpool Road have written to council with their own concerns.

A petition, with 66 signatures from residents, was presented to council along with details of the damage the Little Corellas had caused to their village and surrounds.

The petition stated that the defecation of the Corellas had caused damage to the roofs, solar panels and gutters on the residents’ villas.

It also said the noise from the Corellas had caused residents to suffer from respiratory problems and other illnesses over the years.

To eradicate the issue, the resident’s committee called on council to remove the pine trees opposite to the village in the hope it would reduce the number of birds in the area.

The committee claimed the trees had caused damage to the walkway and the mess from the birds roosting in the trees had damaged public roads and riverbank entertainment areas.

It also called for the removal of the SA Water pumping station that attracted the birds.

To close, the petition stated the Corellas had not only affected the village but the entire community.

At its February 20 meeting, councillor Ben Brazzalotto suggested the Local Government Association of SA (LGA) needed to vigorously lobby the state government for rapid progression of a state-wide strategy on management and population control of Little Corellas.

“We need to call on the LGA to really apply pressure… I think people are fed up of the lack of progress on this issue,” he said.

“This has been a problem that hasn’t been moving towards a solution for decades now… the state hasn’t done enough on this.”

He said Strathalbyn was a real hot spot for the species but other towns in the region were also being heavily effected.

Cr Brazzalotto said there was an opportunity for the LGA to reinforce this message at its meeting on April 13.