Good news for the ducks at Helensburgh pool.
Wollongong Council has been working on strategies to keep the ducks away from the pool amid concerns for public health.
Now, a duck relocation cage has been set up, so the wild wood ducks can be humanely trapped and relocated.
A spokesman for Council says they’re working closely with WIRES to manage the problem.
“Ducks defecate in the pools, which can impact on the pool water quality and create a public health issue,” he says. ” There has been an increase in the number of ducks roosting in both Helensburgh and Corrimal pools in recent weeks.”
During the peak swimming season Council used a motion-based sprinkler to discourage wood ducks from setting up their territory in the pools’ surrounds.
However, this did not dissuaded the ducks.
With the conclusion of school holidays and wrapping up of the school swimming carnival swim season, Council and WIRES have started the relocation program at Helensburgh Pool. This program will move to Corrimal Pool in March once the school swimming carnival season has finished.
Ducks caught at Helensburgh will be relocated to an area agreed to by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and WIRES.
Prior to Christmas three ducks were safety relocated from Helensburgh Pool under the licence approved by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. A further 17 ducks will be relocated from Helensburgh Pool under the current licence.
At Corrimal Pool the approved licence permits the relocation of 20 ducks by WIRES.
“Wood ducks are an ongoing issue for Council as the birds view the pool surrounds as a safe location to roost<‘ says the spokesman. “The pools are fenced which means they are safe from land-based predators like dogs and cats.
“The Council will continue to work with WIRES and will seek advice from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to manage this issue.’