Residents are fed up with peacocks roaming the streets of the Glass House Mountains.
Residents are fed up with peacocks roaming the streets of the Glass House Mountains.

Peacock plague divides hinterland community

A POPULATION of roaming peacocks has split a Glass House Mountains community "50/50".

Perveen Hassim-Borthwick is pro-peacock and said the remaining four males and one female are unobtrusive, "absolutely beautiful" and don't do anything to annoy anyone.

On the other end of the spectrum is a woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, who claims the birds' "screams" at 3am meant she hasn't had a "decent night's sleep" since she first moved to Railway Parade in 2015.

She says over the years more than 20 of the pesky creatures had torn up her lawn, defecated on her roof to the point she cleans it three times a week, and scratched her car as they clawed at their reflection.

 

Perveen Hassim-Borthwick would like to see the peacocks kept in the Glass House Mountains despite some residents wanting them moved on.
DRAWCARD: Perveen Hassim-Borthwick would like to see the peacocks kept in the Glass House Mountains. Warren Lynam

But Perveen said the animals were in the area long before many people chose to move or build there, and locals needed to "just get over it and co-exist with nature".

"The worst thing that they do is when they are in your garden or on your property they will probably do a bit of a poo," she said.

"And that literally takes me two minutes to hose down or throw into the garden as fertiliser... and that's the main problem that other people have with them."

She explained the peacocks were actually the main appeal when she chose to move to the area, after she spotted them preening on the veranda during an open home.

 

Perveen Hassim-Borthwick would like to see the peacocks kept in the Glass House Mountains despite some residents wanting them moved on.
Perveen Hassim-Borthwick would like to see the peacocks kept in the Glass House Mountains despite some residents wanting them moved on. Warren Lynam

Of learning the Sunshine Coast Council was working to re-home the remaining five which frequent her yard, Perveen again spoke against the move.

"I wouldn't be happy (about them being re-homed) because the peacocks in that area have been there since before the people who built their houses," she said.

Do you think the peacocks roaming Glass House Mountains should be removed?

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No, they're fine where they are.

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Yes, they're not native and a pest to homeowners.

33%

As long as their numbers stay under control, they can stay.

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"They should have the right to stay in an area they are familiar with, especially because it's a rural area."

Perveen said in 2016 she had wanted to re-home some of the 40-45 which council captured, and had expressed this wish to council as it would mean they could remain in the area.

 

Peacocks living in Glasshouse.
Most residents love having the birds in the area.
Perveen Borthwick and her daughter Eden love the birds.
Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Peacocks living in Glasshouse. Most residents love having the birds in the area. Perveen Borthwick and her daughter Eden love the birds. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Two years on, she hopes they have gone to a good home with good intentions given they could be sold for between $200-$400.

Council confirmed late last week they had deemed the remaining animals as "wild" and would be undertaking work to trap and re-home them through an animal refuge group.

"The animal refuge will then be able to place the peacocks with someone who can properly contain and care for them," a council spokesperson said.

"Approval from council is required to keep a peacock on a property that is less than 8001sq m in size."

Perveen said peacocks were common from the Glass House down to Landsborough, and the local population roosted in a dilapidated barn on Railway Dr.