Ballina Shire Council staff have found 25 dead ducks around the North Lakes Estate.
Ballina Shire Council staff have found 25 dead ducks around the North Lakes Estate. Debrah Novak

Mystery of the dead ducks

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Authority is interested in talking to any Ballina resident who has information on the mysterious deaths of 16 native ducks in The North Lakes estate.

Ballina Council Regulatory Services Group manager Rod Willis said council staff worked with National Parks and EPA staff to investigate the incident.

A concerned resident called council last Thursday to report several dead ducks, but when Ballina Council staff investigated last Friday they discovered 25 dead animals.

Mr Willis said concerned residents notified the EPA, who engaged the assistance of council to try to determine the ducks cause of death.

"Our staff went out and removed the dead animals and our environmental health staff did water testing in discussion with the EPA people to determine whether there was water quality issues or another reason we could identify as to why the ducks were dying," he said.

After water quality was determined to not be the cause of the animal's death, Mr Willis said council had finished their part in the investigation.

Anyone with any information on the death of the ducks or any other native animals in the region can call the EPA on 131 555.



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