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City of Greater Geraldton’s culling program of corellas to continue through to April

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
A large flock of Corellas hanging around Geraldton CBD captured at the Wishing Well lookout.
Camera IconA large flock of Corellas hanging around Geraldton CBD captured at the Wishing Well lookout. Credit: Jessica Moroney/Geraldton Guardian

The culling of corellas in Geraldton will continue through to April, according to the local council.

The pesky birds with the loud screech continue to strip trees and damage infrastructure, but City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ross McKim said a decline in overall corella numbers had been achieved since the council’s ongoing management program started in 2019.

“The decline in numbers has resulted in less community complaints and reduced city infrastructure damage, however the numbers need to be managed on an ongoing basis,” Mr McKim stated in a public notice.

“A professional highly skilled pest control company is contracted to cull the corellas, and this has played a large part in reducing flock numbers.

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“A specialised air rifle is used to ensure the corellas are euthanised humanely.”

A large flock of Corellas hanging around Geraldton CBD captured at the Wishing Well lookout.
Camera IconA large flock of Corellas hanging around Geraldton CBD captured at the Wishing Well lookout. Credit: Jessica Moroney/Geraldton Guardian

The contractor is required to recover all euthanised corellas, but the council warns a corella may occasionally fall on to private property, an inaccessible area or out of sight of the contractor.

“Culling will take place at intervals determined by necessity through to April 2023,” Mr McKim said.

“The timing of the contractor’s visit is not publicised as it is often done at short notice and depends on where the corellas are located.”

If anyone sees a corella on the ground they can call the City on 9956 6600 to have it removed.

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