Hi Shay, you live in a lovely part of the country, I've been up there a couple of times, its beautiful. I have family in Ballarat.
I live in Scoresby, about 40 minutes south-east of the city on a good run on the Eastlink. I'm around the corner from The Melbourne Bird Clinic.
I often think of doing the whole tree change thing, but since my brain injury a few years back I don't think I would cope with stress of selling & moving, the idea is great, but the reality scares the heck out of me. Also changing jobs would be hard too, I like my job & my employer has been so good to me. If I did move I would love to move out to the High Country, Mansfield or somewhere around there.
I grew up in the Dandenong Ranges, we had an abundance of bird life in the backyard, cockies included, black & white ones. I never really noticed them much then, I knew they were there & constantly heard about the damage they caused, but they were about as much of the scenery as the trees, you just took them for granted, but since I got Sam, when I'm up that way (even near my work, in Croydon) I hear them & smile, sometimes even saying "hi there" in response to 'calling' sounds...he has made me understand them better. It's such a shame that he can never experience what they do, he has had a wing damaged at some stage in one of his former homes (had at least 3) & can't stretch out his left wing, which still gives him pain occasionally, he will never fly, sadly. He's such an awesome bird & has come so far in the almost 2 years I've had him. I just love him to bits...even when he is being a little pain in the butt!
I always figured that the wild birds are eating / chewing the gum tree branches around here, so they should be fine for Sam, especially if they are 'aged' a bit in the backyard to allow any bugs (the bacterial kind) to die off in the sun. Everyone on here seems to be worried about them though, perhaps things are different in the US. I'm sure someone will chime in with some handy information at some stage though, that's what's great about this site. I don't know what I would have done or how I would have managed without it, Sam was an unexpected addition to my home & I had no idea how to look after a cocky when I rescued him, but we managed with the help of these wonderful people & the information here...they have become part of Sam & my family on the other side of the world :-)