Queen’s Gardens aviary to get a facelift

Date published: 23 May 2017

The popular Queen’s Gardens aviary is in line for a facelift which will make it bigger and better for the thousands of families who enjoy the area.

Dating back decades, the current aviary is now in need of an overhaul to strengthen the structure and provide better protection for the birds.

Council has temporarily closed the aviary and relocated the birds to wildlife carers until a revamp is carried out, following an increase in the number of losses to snakes.

Community Health and Environment Committee chair and divisional councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said birds had continued to be taken despite snake proofing work because of the age of the aviary.

“The aviary has always been a favourite but it’s time to provide better facilities for the birds and for the residents to enjoy,” Cr Greaney said.

“We need to make sure the facilities are of a high standard for the safety of the animals and in the current state, we simply can’t keep the animals safe enough from intruders such as snakes.

“I want to assure the community that this little hidden gem in a wonderful pocket of Townsville will be back bigger, better and more beautiful than before.

“Council relocated the birds to keep them safe and is now investigating the best options to get the aviary back up and running in great order.”

Recommendations which may include a renovation or a complete re-build will go before council in July.