Environment | January 16, 2023

Kealy calls for urgent action on corellas

16 January 2023

Kealy calls for urgent action on corellas

An increasing number of reports of corella damage to local community infrastructure has driven Member for Lowan and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Emma Kealy to again call on the Andrews Labor Government to release its promised corella management strategy as a matter of urgency.

Ms Kealy wrote to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change early last year asking for urgent action to be taken and was advised at the time that a Victorian Statewide Corella Strategy would be released shortly.

Ms Kealy has heard nothing further, with her office continuing to be approached by a steady stream of residents and sporting clubs regarding property damage being caused by corellas.

Concerns include damage to native trees, swimming pool shade sails, bowling greens, holes in football grounds potentially causing human injury and excessive noise, particularly in the early morning and evenings.

In a follow up letter to the Minister this week Ms Kealy advised that Lowan residents, sporting clubs and councils were becoming increasingly frustrated in their efforts to respond to this escalating and expensive problem.

“My constituents are demanding that urgent action is taken to address the issue and I have sought the Minister’s advice regarding the timeframe for the release and implementation of the Corella Management Strategy which she referred to in her correspondence last year,” Ms Kealy said.

“Labor needs to act immediately to ensure the disruptive, damaging, and expensive impacts of Corellas across Lowan are addressed and I will not rest until appropriate action is taken.”

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