Local residents may hear some loud noises this week as the City of Greater Geraldton begins training for the Corella Relocation Program.
City Rangers will trial a new type of deterrent which will use dozens of very loud firecrackers as a way to relocate the masses of corellas.
The training till take place this week followed by a trial and then the three-day exercise.
City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ken Diehm assured the community not to panic if they hear loud bangs.
“Corellas cause thousands of dollars damage to our City every year, and businesses often have to bear the brunt of the costs, with wiring, seals, trees, sporting turfs and insulation being harmed,” he said.
“Controlling the plague proportions is actually a State Government responsibility, but the City has been forced to take action due to the enormous number of complaints from residents and businesses.”
The objective of the exercise is not to harm the birds but to relocate them so they don’t continue to harm local infrastructure. Previous methods used included a gas gun but this seems to have lost its effectiveness. It is hoped that this new firecracker method may meet with more success.
When the exercise takes place, local Rangers will let off the firecrackers in the morning and evening on three consecutive days which will result in the corellas dispersing and relocating to places away from the City.
The intention is to move them on each time they land.
The trial will take place at the Wonthella Hockey Club on Friday 23 January at 3pm.
The operation will take place on Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 throughout the City.
Rangers would also like to remind dog owners to ensure their pet is securely locked in backyards as the noise may cause dogs to become distressed.
If you know of any areas where corellas roost in the City, please contact City Rangers, so the information can be used in the relocation exercise on 9566 6600.