THE OUTCOME SO FAR
The uncontrolled, unmonitored slaughter of protected Adelaide and Yellow Rosellas and Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets by commercial fruit
growers in South Australia was first allowed by the then South Australian Minister for Environment, Dorothy Kotz for a period of 1 year from the 26th of May 1999.
The current Minister for Environment Iain Evans allowed the slaughter to continue for the Adelaide Rosellas and the Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets.
This action received world wide publicity and objection and on the 30th April 2001, at the end of the fruit growing season, Mr Evans revoked the proclamation with the following media release.
TO NATIVE BIRD PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
proclamation enabling horticultural managers to control abundant native
birds on horticultural properties without a written permit will be revoked
effective April 30.
Environment and Heritage Minister Iain Evans says the decision coincides with the
Government’s response to the Parliament’s Environment, Resources and
Development Committee report into native fauna and agriculture.
The ERD Committee report raises a number of issues that the Government wishes
to consult industry, community and stakeholder groups on over the next
twelve months. Considering the ERD report recommendations and the public
debate in regard to native bird management, the Government has decided
to use the permit system that had been in place for decades.
While this current approach had been a genuine attempt by National Parks and
Wildlife SA to progress integrated conservation management systems in
the Mount Lofty Ranges and Riverland regions, there is greater community
acceptance to the written destruction permit system being used,"
says Mr Evans.
Native bird management is a complex issue requiring a good understanding of
all elements by a large proportion of the community.
The recent ERD Committee inquiry into Native Fauna and Agriculture has identified
that a range of strategies can be employed to establish a balance between
wildlife conservation and human use of landscape
National Parks and Wildlife SA will commence informing grower organisations and
growers today of the need to obtain destruction permits to kill protected
birds by April 30. National Parks and Wildlife SA will continue to develop
programs that address abundant bird species issues and produce good
Contact: Sascha Brooker ph: (08) 8303 2500 or 0418 806 710