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Avian Botulism affecting local wildlife


Due to the extreme change in weather patterns being experienced throughout Melbourne, some sites across the City of Casey are affected by Avian Botulism, resulting in sick or deceased birds.

While there is a very minimal risk, Council is urging residents not to handle or allow pets near the birds, as the botulism can be transmitted if ingested. 

Outbreaks are being experienced throughout the state and occur when environment conditions allow. 

With Clean Up Australia day approaching this Sunday, participants should be mindful of this and are being cautioned not to touch the birds. 

Residents should report the cases to Council by phoning Customer Service the following day and officers will attend to the wildlife in question. 

The City of Casey is working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), as well as Melbourne Water to monitor the situation with signs being installed across affected areas.

The affected areas which Council are aware of include Max Pawsey Reserve in Narre Warren, the wetlands surrounding Lynbrook and River Gum Creek Reserve in Hampton Park.  

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Customer Service on 9705 5200 or for more information on Avian Botulism you can visit the Agriculture Victoria website.