Environmental protection officers Stuart Auston and Robert Donohoe at Lake Kimberley.
Environmental protection officers Stuart Auston and Robert Donohoe at Lake Kimberley. John Gass

Birds, turtles found dead

THE bodies of 24 Pacific black ducks were found in and around Lake Kimberley at Banora Point on Tuesday.

The North Coast office of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) received two calls advising of the duck deaths and has launched an immediate investigation.

A DECCW North Coast spokesman said two black swans, two moorhens, some turtles and water dragons had also been reported as being dead or sick.

“These two reports are the only reports of this nature received in the Banora Point and Tweed region,” the spokesman said yesterday.

“The department has staff investigating this incident today.

“The investigation will entail collecting samples of dead specimens, water sampling and questioning nearby property owners and businesses to identify the likely cause of this event.”

The spokesman said an in-depth assessment would be carried out to determine the cause of death.

“It is too early to make a call on the likely cause of the incident,” the spokesman said.

“Our sampling will include an assessment of a range of pollutants in water and specimen samples and a review of the potential sources of any pollutants.”

Banora Point resident Rexon Wolnowic-Wolney was walking with his wife around Lake Kimberley on Tuesday morning when they saw the bodies of the dead birds floating in the water.

“We spotted a duck floating head down in there,” Mr Wolnowic-Wolney said.

“A few metres further we spotted another dead duck and then another. Walking around, we counted eight dead ducks.

“After returning home we called and reported the situation.

“We have never seen anything like this in the area before.”

Mr Wolnowic-Wolney said the lake had once been a beautiful place full of animal life.

“There were so many birds here and now most of them are dead and it is very upsetting,” Mr Wolnowic-Wolney said.

“The land was very nice before this.

“When we found them my wife and I were just thinking to ourselves ‘what is going on here?’.”

The DECCW advised at this stage there was no evidence to suggest there was a public health risk.



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