Council has endorsed a Vertebrate Pest Animal Management Policy which outlines the Council's approach to pest management.
Council currently has three priority pests:
- Indian Myna Birds
Pest Management Plans outlining why the animal is considered a pest species and Council’s approach to addressing the issue have been prepared for each of these pest species.
Key actions for managing these pests are:
Deer - Council supports the Northern Illawarra Wild Deer Management Program to cull deer across public and private land. The program uses professional pest controllers to cull approximately 400 deer per year and provide meat to zoos.
Rabbits – Council operates a city-wide rabbit control program across more than forty (40) Council sites.
Common (Indian) Myna Birds – Council coordinates the Wollongong Indian Myna Bird Action Program (see below).
Indian Myna Bird Action Program
The Indian Myna Bird Action Program is a Council sponsored community program that aims to provide a response to the growing community concern regarding the abundance and distribution of Indian Myna Birds within the region and their impact on native wildlife, human health and our environment.