Australian White Ibis - Share your views and contribute to our strategy.

What is your experience? Share your views.

We are interested in your experience with the Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) in the Charles Sturt Council area.

What is your experience? Have you seen them in large numbers anywhere in the Council area? Where have you seen them? Do you enjoy them? Do they cause you concern? We welcome all viewpoints.

Freshwater Lake Reserve - a popular place for Ibis

A breeding colony of the Australian White Ibis has become self-established at Freshwater Lake Reserve, Delfin Island. The Freshwater Lake Reserve consists of a single constructed lake area with small islands, surrounded by landscaped reserve and walking trails.

The number of ibis in this area has increased from 20 to 150-200 birds in recent years and we have received some feedback relating to bird noise and smell, vegetation damage, reduced biodiversity, and contamination of water bodies. Canary Island Date Palms appear to be their favoured roosting site and we currently heavily prune the palms at Freshwater Lake Reserve to reduce the potential for roosting and breeding.

Your participation will inform our Ibis Management Strategy

We have engaged ecologists Seed Consulting, to undertake ecological investigations and work with Council and our community to prepare the Ibis Management Strategy.

No set outcome or pre-determined strategy exists and initially our approach is to engage our community and stakeholders and undertake ecological investigations. Following this we will then be in a position to prepare our draft strategy.

Consultation to date has included:

  • A Community Drop-In Event at Freshwater Lake Reserve, Delfin Island on Saturday 23 February 2019, between 8am and 10am.
  • A Discussion Evening at West Lakes Community Centre, West Lakes on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
  • An Online Discussion Board Forum.

We appreciate your feedback, both positive and/or negative, received to date.

Following consultation to date, we received feedback from many people in our community, particularly from residents of Delfin Island. The majority of people who provided their views felt that:

  • Ibis should be managed at Freshwater Lakes Reserve, Delfin Island.
  • Existing trees should be kept and other methods of managing Ibis found.

The next step is a co-design workshop in late March 2019 where Council staff, ecologists and community representatives will discuss possible strategies for managing the Ibis population at Freshwater Lakes Reserve.

What is your experience? Share your views.

We are interested in your experience with the Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) in the Charles Sturt Council area.

What is your experience? Have you seen them in large numbers anywhere in the Council area? Where have you seen them? Do you enjoy them? Do they cause you concern? We welcome all viewpoints.

Freshwater Lake Reserve - a popular place for Ibis

A breeding colony of the Australian White Ibis has become self-established at Freshwater Lake Reserve, Delfin Island. The Freshwater Lake Reserve consists of a single constructed lake area with small islands, surrounded by landscaped reserve and walking trails.

The number of ibis in this area has increased from 20 to 150-200 birds in recent years and we have received some feedback relating to bird noise and smell, vegetation damage, reduced biodiversity, and contamination of water bodies. Canary Island Date Palms appear to be their favoured roosting site and we currently heavily prune the palms at Freshwater Lake Reserve to reduce the potential for roosting and breeding.

Your participation will inform our Ibis Management Strategy

We have engaged ecologists Seed Consulting, to undertake ecological investigations and work with Council and our community to prepare the Ibis Management Strategy.

No set outcome or pre-determined strategy exists and initially our approach is to engage our community and stakeholders and undertake ecological investigations. Following this we will then be in a position to prepare our draft strategy.

Consultation to date has included:

  • A Community Drop-In Event at Freshwater Lake Reserve, Delfin Island on Saturday 23 February 2019, between 8am and 10am.
  • A Discussion Evening at West Lakes Community Centre, West Lakes on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
  • An Online Discussion Board Forum.

We appreciate your feedback, both positive and/or negative, received to date.

Following consultation to date, we received feedback from many people in our community, particularly from residents of Delfin Island. The majority of people who provided their views felt that:

  • Ibis should be managed at Freshwater Lakes Reserve, Delfin Island.
  • Existing trees should be kept and other methods of managing Ibis found.

The next step is a co-design workshop in late March 2019 where Council staff, ecologists and community representatives will discuss possible strategies for managing the Ibis population at Freshwater Lakes Reserve.

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