Birds sick and dying

Birds in Sir James McCusker Park.
Birds in Sir James McCusker Park.

City operation services officers have removed dead birds and taken weakened or paralysed birds to a vet for treatment.

‘Officers have taken samples of water and sediment at the park,’ City chief executive Garry Hunt said.

‘These have been sent to a lab for testing.

‘Signage has been installed to raise awareness and educate people of the importance of not feeding the birds at the park to help prevent the growth of organic material and bacteria in the lakes.

‘The City is also in regular contact with various State Government agencies to seek advice and assistance on the best practice management of the issues at the park.

‘The short and long term management strategies the City is undertaking are in line with State Government recommendations.’

Iluka resident Gabi Simpson implored people not to feed the ducks or damage the area’s grasstrees.

‘Last week I saw people throwing in umpteen loaves of bread,’ she said before suggesting more signs could be added.

The City has also recently repaired the park’s fountain, carrying out works on the recycling pump which transfers water from the bottom lake to the top lakes.

It also had to repair a vandalised riser pipe that directs water into the air.