BIRD DANGER: Magpie season is under way, with swooping becoming more frequent.
BIRD DANGER: Magpie season is under way, with swooping becoming more frequent. Christopher Chan GLA200912MAGP

Boy's death years ago points to magpie risk, says Pahlke

AS MAGPIE season strikes again, Ipswich councillor David Pahlke wants the State Government to protect people as well as animals.

Cr Pahlke says the issue is more serious than just people being dive-bombed by over-protective nesting magpies.

He pointed to the case of Ivan Sthrowski-Wood, who died on September 6 four years ago, three weeks after he was hit by a car in Queen St, Walloon.

Ivan's family said the 12-year-old was running away from a swooping magpie when he ran in front of the car.

"People get fed up with not being able to do anything about these magpies," Cr Pahlke said.

"A couple of years ago a policeman at Minden shot one and all hell broke loose."


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He said the State Government should have more realistic legislation in relation to native animals.

"With relocating dangerous magpies, going back 15 years there used to be a State Government budget to move them on - and snakes," he said.

"With the magpie that killed that little boy, I had to pay to have it moved on out of my own pocket.

"I think we need to be on the front foot and stop being so meek about these things.

"The State Government needs to start doing something about this.

"The State Government is very good at bringing in legislation like they did with the bats, to protect them, but they don't put the dollars behind it. I can understand protecting magpies - and snakes and kangaroos.

"But nothing is being done to protect the people who enter their environment.


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"They love putting in legislation but they abrogate their responsibility when it comes to dollars."

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said all native birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians were protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

She said there was extensive information on the EHP website to help people live with wildlife.

"But occasionally animals such as magpies, snakes or kangaroos may need to be removed, particularly when they are displaying aggressive behaviour," she said.

"EHP does issue permits to allow problem animals to be relocated. There are licensed operators who can be contracted by landholders or local authorities to remove problem animals."

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