Primary production businesses are of economic value to regional communities and the state, and are a source of income for their proprietors.
Bird damage can substantially affect the profitability of primary production. The use of audible bird scaring devices (gas guns) is used by primary producers as an effective way to manage potential orchard and vineyard crop losses.
With the warmer months rapidly approaching, residents are reminded that the City of Playford has a By-Law (6) which controls the use of both electronic and gas bird scaring devices.
Council is seeking cooperation from property owners who will use audible bird-scaring devices for the upcoming season, to ensure that the devices are correctly calibrated; the timers are functioning correctly and that all the regulated activities are controlled to ensure minimal disturbance to nearby residents.
The By-Law seeks to avoid noise disturbance by restricting the hours that devices can be used, the number of times the devices can be fired per hour and minimum distances from noise-sensitive premises.
Residents are advised that Council is actively enforcing the provisions of the by-law.
Guidelines for use of the devices are as follows:
Further information can be sought from the City of Playford website at playford.sa.gov.au/bylaws
To report devices operating outside of 7.00am and 8.00pm, please contact Council’s Customer Care on 8256 0333.