Magpie Relocation Plan Axed – southernburnett.com.au

South Burnett residents are advised to watch out for muries by the signs again this year after a plan to move 20 of the most aggressive birds failed to win majority Council support (Photo: Wikipedia)

August 25, 2021

A plan to “bring home” 20 of the region’s most aggressive magpies has been axed by South Burnett Regional Council.

At Wednesday’s General Meeting, Members rejected a plan to hire a licensed bird relocater.

Instead, residents who use the railroad or local parks are advised signs to watch out for birds.

The magpie repatriation plan was proposed at the Community Standing Committee meeting on August 11 after a tragic magpie swooping incident in Brisbane.

At Wednesday’s meeting, officials tabbed a report that said the cost of relocating 20 of the region’s most aggressive birds would be $ 10,900.

They also tabbed a list of 20 potential sites where complaints about magpies were received.

This is:

  • Meiers Road to Crawford (railway)
  • Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road cross-over (rail trail)
  • McKell Park, Wondai
  • Tingoora Sportsground
  • Wondai 24 hour campground
  • Running track next to Kingaroy soccer fields
  • Pioneer Park, Nanango
  • Butter Factory Park, Nanango
  • Lions Park, Murgon
  • Ted Klohs Park to Cobbs Street
  • Dingo Creek Park
  • Tingoora Reserve (behind the school)
  • Blackbutt Cemetery
  • Boat Mountain Road between Wallace Street and Holz Court, Murgon
  • Arthur, Tuite and Doonkuna streets, Kingaroy
  • 20 and 40 Carinya Street, Kingaroy
  • 80 Markwell Street, Kingaroy
  • 112 Moore Street, Kingaroy
  • Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy
  • Chester Leigh Street, Blackbutt

Officials said the cost of moving each magpie was $ 500.

The Council will also charge $ 900 for catcher travel, accommodation and food costs.

Cr Scott Henschen explores the need to spend money.

He said most people are used to magpie swooping during their breeding season and treated it as an annual inconvenience.

With half of the now eight-week breeding season over, she felt she couldn’t support the spending.

In addition, he thought of moving aggressive magpies that were simply shifting the problem elsewhere, and it wasn’t ethical.

Mayor Brett Otto said he heard reports last year that muries were still swooping in Term 4.

He also knew a local kid who was pecked in the eye on vacation in Spring last year.

Cr Kathy Duff said the swooping season could last until the end of October.

“What will the public say if we don’t give it?” he asked.

Cr Kirstie Schumacher said one of her daughters was terrified of a magpie that wrapped around her every time she came home from school.

Ultimately, the vote to hire a bird relocater was defeated 4-3, with Crs Duff, Schumacher and Otto opposing.

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