Cockatoo cull going ahead

The sad news is already broken but in the interest of concluding the narrative I feel I should note here that the Potts Point cockatoo cull has been authorised to go ahead.

While this is obviously not the outcome many of us were hoping for there is a small positive in that only two birds are authorised to be killed, rather than the eight or so that the cull proponents were asking for.  I can only hope that the owners wont come back and ask to kill more birds if and when it becomes apparent that this cull has not prevented the building from being damaged.

The next step now is to make sure this action isn’t seen as a precedent by other heritage building owners in the area who may want to rid their surroundings of birds for their own convenience.  I am in talks with resident groups about educating local communities on living in harmony with birds, including the importance of not attracting them to a site by feeding them, and I hope this will mean we never need to repeat this unhappy event.

I remain committed to opposing the culling of our native wildlife and will be following the actions taken at Potts Point with great interest.

I call on any locals who observe sick or dead birds to contact me on 9265 9812.

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3 responses to “Cockatoo cull going ahead

  1. I sigh in relief that only 2 birds were culled rather than the 8 that were originally requested.

    There was culling done for the same bird at Broadway, where I live. And for I can see, they are still around in about the same numbers than before.

    Is there an study on the efficiency of the culling done at Broadway, (or should one be done) to ascertain the validity in implementing this management method?

    Birds damage can be prevented using other methods (adding small electrical current using batteries to pigeon spikes, Noise/rattle sensors, removal of what they like nibbling on, adding “bad flavour” coating to the items they like nibbling on, etc…) although inconvenient for us to place, the gains are obvious. We still have our houses undamaged by these birds, and we have the birds nibbling on the large trees in the area.

    Gain/Gain

    Chippendale resident since 1997

  2. Two too many! I’m sick of people complaining about everything, if you don’t like it MOVE.

    As other people have suggested they are only causing a nuisance because they have nowhere to hang out, I think posts on top of the building for them and they would be more than happy to hang out there, and how about stop removing the trees from footpath & roads also.

    I live in rushcutters bay, and would like to let you all know, although only 2 were allegedly culled, that by my observations I havent’ seen ANY from my balcony for about a week, and normally i see them all the time, love if anyone could link me information about the supposed ‘2 birds’

  3. Thanks for the comments from both of you, it’s good to know that people are still actively concerned about this issue. There is also a very proactive group of residents who have been actively petitioning and spreading the word in the local area and their work likely helped reduce the size of the cull from eight to two.

    Bruno, in relation to a study on the effectiveness of the culling at Broadway, none was done, but it was shown to be quite ineffective when just a few months later more birds started damaging the same building. This was one of the main arguments (other than ethical ones) I used against allowing the Potts Point cull to go ahead.

    In a spot of possible good news, I was told by NPWS yesterday that, while the Potts Point license was granted some time ago the killing has still not yet taken place. Perhaps the building owners there have realised that this wont solve their problems. They still have until March to carry out the cull, but fingers crossed that they may have reconsidered.

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