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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1571

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Under what terms and conditions was a Queensland falconer employed to combat seagulls at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.

(2)   ls the agreement still in effect, even though the falcon escaped.

Senator Cavanagh - The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) Two bird experts, one in Brisbane and the other in Port Augusta, volunteered their services to train falcons on an experimental basis as part of the bird control program at Sydney Airport. They do not charge for this training but arc reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses.

Trials were held at Sydney Airport in February and June. Further trials are being arranged for later this year. Meanwhile further bird training is still being undertaken after discussions with the State Park and Wildlife authorities. The project is still in its formative stages but results so far have been encouraging.

Birds have departed from the training areas but have returned or been recovered within a few days.

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