Gold Coast Airport made every effort this week to move on two magpies that were causing a risk to aircraft.
Over the course of four days, airport contractors used a horn, siren, whip and shouting. But these methods were unsuccessful.
As a last resort, the birds were culled. We appreciate community concerns and want to make it clear that every avenue is explored before going down this path.
Magpies and other wildlife on or near airports pose a risk to aircraft operations, and all airports are required to carefully manage this. Safety has to be our top priority.
Gold Coast Airport has a detailed Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, which outlines objectives, responsibilities and procedures for managing, assessing, monitoring and recording wildlife hazards for the management of that risk. Airport staff and contractors always operate in accordance with legislated requirements and permits.