Council takes aim at Henty Park corellas
FIREARMS will be allowed to be used as one of the methods to control corella numbers at Henty Park under a permit issued to the Glenelg Shire Council by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Corellas have wreaked damage to the playing surface at Henty Park for many years – the Observer has been reporting on the issue since at least 2003 – and this summer has been a particularly bad year.
Many tactics have been used by the council in the past, however it is believed this is the first time the use of a firearm has been approved.
The council will still have to obtain a second permit from Victoria Police before any firearms can be used in the public place.
DELWP Barwon South West compliance operations acting program manager Roberta Campbell said the shire had contacted DELWP this month, seeking advice on how to manage corellas digging up the Henty Park sports ground.
“The shire stated that the corellas were causing extensive damage to the turf, creating a safety issue for sporting teams during games,” Ms Campbell said.