Men’s Shed helps in war against mynas

JOB DONE: Ballina council’s natural resource extension officer James Brideson (second from left) with Ballina Community Men’s Shed members (from left) Graham Eggins, Cedric Stedman and Geoff Haylor and an Indian myna bird trap.
JOB DONE: Ballina council’s natural resource extension officer James Brideson (second from left) with Ballina Community Men’s Shed members (from left) Graham Eggins, Cedric Stedman and Geoff Haylor and an Indian myna bird trap. Graham Broadhead

THE Ballina Community Men's Shed could one day get a phone call from Wile E Coyote from the USA.

Coyote is of course well-known in his efforts to catch the cunning Road Runner in the popular cartoon.

Ballina Community Men's Shed members have just completed a project to try to catch another bird described as "cunning" - the Indian myna.

This week, the blokes handed over the last of 50 traps to Ballina Shire Council in a project funded by a grant from NSW Trade and Investment Crown Lands.

Council's natural resource extension officer, James Brideson, told the men in the shed that the Indian myna was introduced in the 1860s to control pests.

But like the cane toad, the bird took a liking to Australia and started moving in on the patch of native species.

He said the Indian myna was a "very cunning" bird that hunted in groups.

The cages are designed to let birds in, and be comfortable, so they call out to other birds to join them.

The traps each took nine hours to build, and the Men's Shed was paid $75 for each one. Members tinkered with the design, with council's approval, to make them stronger. Residents are able to house a trap at no cost.

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