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.