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

Following our extensive community consultation and investigations by ecologists SEED Consulting an Ibis Management Strategy has been developed. A report on the Strategy went to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 15 July, 2019 (AMC 15/7/19 Item 3.66) and was endorsed by Council on Monday 22 July, 2019 with the following resolution:

1. That the report, which also summarises the community engagement process and community feedback, be received and noted.

2. That the Ibis Management Strategy be endorsed for implementation and that the costs associated with implementation be subject to Council Budget Bids in future financial years, commencing in FY 20/21.

3. That Council when implementing the Ibis Management Strategy will not utilise the intervention techniques of culling, relocation, egg disruption, tree removal or any other forms of species eradication.

4. That Mr Andy Chambers be thanked for his presentation and the presentation be included in the minutes.

The full strategy and committee report are available on Council’s website as detailed below or in the document library:

The key strategy actions endorsed by Council are summarised below.

  • Undertake a regular Ibis census – counting the number of Ibis at Freshwater Lake Reserve to measure the size of the population before, during, and after the application of an action to measure its effect on the numbers of Ibis.

  • Continue to prune the palm trees annually to reduce roosting and nesting by Ibis.

  • Trial installation of bunting flags within trees – a disruptive technique that has worked elsewhere to reduce Ibis populations.

  • Trial installation of lighting – a disruptive technique that has worked elsewhere to reduce Ibis populations.

  • Contingent on which of the trialled methods proves most effective, a full rollout of that method will occur.

Continue to discourage feeding of birds through community education about the negative impacts such as increasing the numbers of Ibis.

A clear message received through the consultation was that the lack of cleanliness from the presence of bird faeces on paths and bench seats was a concern for visitors to Freshwater Lake Reserve. In response to this, wet sweeping of the paths is now done on a monthly cycle and bench seats are now inspected weekly basis and cleaned as necessary

It is important to note that Ibis will never be eradicated from the site. Investigations have determined that it is not ecologically possible to achieve total elimination of the Ibis from the site and that adopting an approach of living with wildlife is necessary.

Therefore, to limit the expansion of the local population, the previously described techniques to disrupt roosting and nesting will be used. Tree removal and destruction of ibis are not supported by ecological advice and community response.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the development of our Ibis Management Strategy. We will commence monitoring of the Ibis bird population and completing key actions over the coming months.

A detailed summary of the Ibis Management Strategy is available in the document library.

Following our extensive community consultation and investigations by ecologists SEED Consulting an Ibis Management Strategy has been developed. A report on the Strategy went to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 15 July, 2019 (AMC 15/7/19 Item 3.66) and was endorsed by Council on Monday 22 July, 2019 with the following resolution:

1. That the report, which also summarises the community engagement process and community feedback, be received and noted.

2. That the Ibis Management Strategy be endorsed for implementation and that the costs associated with implementation be subject to Council Budget Bids in future financial years, commencing in FY 20/21.

3. That Council when implementing the Ibis Management Strategy will not utilise the intervention techniques of culling, relocation, egg disruption, tree removal or any other forms of species eradication.

4. That Mr Andy Chambers be thanked for his presentation and the presentation be included in the minutes.

The full strategy and committee report are available on Council’s website as detailed below or in the document library:

The key strategy actions endorsed by Council are summarised below.

  • Undertake a regular Ibis census – counting the number of Ibis at Freshwater Lake Reserve to measure the size of the population before, during, and after the application of an action to measure its effect on the numbers of Ibis.

  • Continue to prune the palm trees annually to reduce roosting and nesting by Ibis.

  • Trial installation of bunting flags within trees – a disruptive technique that has worked elsewhere to reduce Ibis populations.

  • Trial installation of lighting – a disruptive technique that has worked elsewhere to reduce Ibis populations.

  • Contingent on which of the trialled methods proves most effective, a full rollout of that method will occur.

Continue to discourage feeding of birds through community education about the negative impacts such as increasing the numbers of Ibis.

A clear message received through the consultation was that the lack of cleanliness from the presence of bird faeces on paths and bench seats was a concern for visitors to Freshwater Lake Reserve. In response to this, wet sweeping of the paths is now done on a monthly cycle and bench seats are now inspected weekly basis and cleaned as necessary

It is important to note that Ibis will never be eradicated from the site. Investigations have determined that it is not ecologically possible to achieve total elimination of the Ibis from the site and that adopting an approach of living with wildlife is necessary.

Therefore, to limit the expansion of the local population, the previously described techniques to disrupt roosting and nesting will be used. Tree removal and destruction of ibis are not supported by ecological advice and community response.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the development of our Ibis Management Strategy. We will commence monitoring of the Ibis bird population and completing key actions over the coming months.

A detailed summary of the Ibis Management Strategy is available in the document library.

Map your sightings of the Australian White Ibis

7 months

Drop a pin where you have seen Ibis and provide your comments and/or a photo.

Drop a pin where you have seen Ibis and provide your comments and/or a photo.

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