the roundtable – 26 feb
of backyard feeding of sulphur crested cockatoos has long been a problem in the
Dandenong Ranges. Residents living close by to backyard feeders often
experience damage to their houses with cockatoos spending their time chewing
verandahs, window frames, mortar, powerlines rather than being out in the wild
foraging for food.
delighted to receive majority support from council for a motion I moved at this
week’s council meeting. The motion seeks to publicly exhibit areas the shire
wants to prohibit the backyard feeding of sulphur crested cockatoos and seek
feedback from the community.
law will provide a legal framework for council to follow up on backyard feeders
who continue to feed cockatoos to the detriment of their surrounding
The shire will always use our four step
approach of educate, ask, tell enforce when enforcing the local law. Our first
approach is always to educate people about the ramifications of feeding
who are experiencing cockatoo damage reach levels of sheer desperation and
create all manner of intricate bird scarers to attempt to keep the cockies
away, however sulphur crested cockatoos are highly intelligent birds and
generally manage to avoid these elaborate constructions and continue to chew. The costs to repair the damage across the
Dandenongs at last count was $0.5 million, the issue is a significant one for
The reason cockies chew is to hone their beaks, generally this would happen
whilst they are foraging for food in the wild, however when they are fed, there’s
no need to forage but there’s still a need for them to hone their beaks, hence
the chewing begins.
did not support the motion and said he’d asked his relatives if they thought it
was a problem suggesting it was a nanny state law, he could not confirm to council
if these people he’d asked lived next door to a cockatoo feeder answering "don't know".
Dunn, Noel Cliff, Cox, Fiona McAllister, Jason Callanan, Maria McCarthy and Jim
you posted with details of how to submit, it’s been quite a journey, but for
those poor people who have endured years of cockatoo damage from backyard
feeders, the legal framework is getting closer.
history of the cockie issue in the Dandenongs click here.
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