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Police are investigating a single
car crash, which saw the vehicle
catch fire at Bookpurnong last
Emergency services were called to the
scene on Bookpurnong Road near Salena
Estate at about 10am.
The Loxton Metropolitan Service attend-
ed and extinguished the fire.
A police spokesperson said there were
no serious injuries.
Emergency services were called to a single car crash, which ignited near Bookpurnong
Road, Bookpurnong, on Thursday.
PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
crash sees car ignite
by Samantha Thomas
Efforts to move corellas away from
the Loxton river front using planes
is showing early signs of success,
according to a bird-scaring pilot.
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) engaged Central Air Services last
week to conduct the flights along the river
front in a bid to reduce the plague-like num-
bers of the native bird.
“Residents may see low flying aircraft and
flocks of birds, and hear loud noises,” DCLW
manager of environmental services Cheryle
“The flights will occur at different times in
the morning and afternoon, on different days
of the week.
“We expect this will be ongoing for a few
“Community members are welcome to con-
tact the council offices in Loxton or Waikerie
if they have any concerns.”
Central Air Services pilot Michael Collins
said numbers have already started to reduce
from the initial flight on Thursday morning.
“Our first flight was difficult,” he said.
“There were thousands and thousands of
“What we saw today (Monday morning) is
probably a half or a quarter of what there was.
“We’ve been going down to the river after-
wards just having a look visually on foot and
they’re slowly starting to reduce in numbers.”
Mr Collins said they are trying push the
birds up the river past Media Island, which is a
popular resting place.
“What we’ll do is effectively herd the corel-
las like you would with sheep and come at
them with full noise at the start to get them to
come up and scare them into the air,” he said.
“Then we’ll do lazy figure eights and circles
behind them and just sort of herd them past
“Once Matt, the other pilot, and I get them
used to taking flight, we can start doing big
runs and keep them going 4km or 5km up the
“At this stage, it’s just sort of getting them
habitually trained to take flight and get going.”
With the initial week of flying showing
promising signs, Mr Collins said continued
short flights should see numbers drastically
“Give it two or three more days and we’ll
be able to get them up straight away and get
them about 10km out of town, which is what
we want,” he said.
“The reason why we’re not spending ages
and ages there is because we can’t give the
council a massive bill for thousands of dollars.
“It will be just as effective (with the shorter
flights), but it might have to take a couple more
days of short runs like we’re doing now.”
Corellas corralled by
A flock of corellas takes flight over the Loxton river front on Monday morning after being
startled by the Central Air Services bird-scaring plane.
PHOTO: Samantha Thomas
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