'Vicious' turkeys are destroying my property: pensioner

Yvonne Robinbson and Henry Blake, of Golden Beach, are having major issues with bush turkeys destroying their yard and neighbour's yards.
Yvonne Robinbson and Henry Blake, of Golden Beach, are having major issues with bush turkeys destroying their yard and neighbour's yards. Patrick Woods

EVERY morning Golden Beach retiree and passionate bird lover Yvonne Robinson is awoken from her pre-dawn slumber by a sound she's come to dread.

Mrs Robinson and her 93-year-old husband, Henry Blake, an invalid pensioner, have lived on what she described as "their big block of paradise" for the past 32 years. But the serenity of their existence is being seriously threatened by a flock of bush turkeys.

"They have completely destroyed our garden and torn everything in the yard to pieces," she said.

"We have built the garden and nurtured it over 32 years and these bush turkeys have destroyed it in a matter of months.

"I have no idea how to stop them - there is one big bird in particular and he is very vicious and just digs and digs and digs."

Mrs Robinson said she has contacted Sunshine Coast Council "numerous times" asking for help or advice but her pleas for assistance have gone unanswered.

"I phoned the council and they just said there was nothing they could do - we haven't heard from them since," she said.

"I know the turkeys are protected and I actually love the birds but they are destroying our entire garden and every plant in it."

Sunshine Coast Council did not respond to the Caloundra Weekly's request for comment.

Mrs Robinson last week employed local gardeners to clean up her yard for the third time in recent months, at a cost of $500 each occasion, and said she couldn't calculate how much damage the turkeys had caused.

"It's not just us who are being terrorised by the turkeys," she said.

"They live in the laneway around the corner and they're rampaging through the neighbourhood - we're all at our wits' end. We don't want to see the birds killed or harmed - we would just like to see them trapped and relocated."

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