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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 713 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 August 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon A. Sanderson
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 18 August 2022

CARNABY'S BLACK-COCKATOO — SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY

713. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Environment:

I refer to recent media reports of black cockatoos killed by vehicles on South Coast Highway.

(1) How many endangered Carnaby's black-cockatoo and other types of black cockatoos are reported to have been hit by grain trucks and other vehicles in the great southern region and south west region, respectively, this calendar year?

(2) How many were treated and survived?

(3) What mitigation measures, if any, have been put in place to reduce collisions and deaths?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Environment.

(1) The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has reports of vehicle strike for 156 black cockatoos in the south coast region and eight in the south west region.

(2) DBCA does not have details of outcomes of these specific cases. In the last financial year, a total of 232 black cockatoos arrived at the Perth Zoo veterinary hospital from across the state. Of these, 10 were dead on arrival, 29 died under treatment, 92 were euthanised due to injuries or illness and 101 were successfully treated.

(3) Some of the forms of mitigation that have been put in place include the collection of injured birds to rehabilitate when possible, liaison with Main Roads and local governments in relation to installation of warning signage at hot spots for vehicle strike and measures to reduce the attractiveness of road environments to black cockatoos, and raising the issue in local and social media to increase awareness.

I also note this is the same question that Hon Dr Brad Pettitt lodged on Tuesday, so he might be interested in the answer as well.