City rejects racing pigeon application

Earlier this month Cockburn councillors moved to dismiss an application lodged by Chris Warner for him to keep the flock at a home in Munster.

Mr Warner, a Canning Vale resident, bought a property on Barrington Street and intended to keep the birds in a loft on site.

But in a report to Cockburn councillors, an officer rejected the application, despite it ticking a number of local law boxes.

That included having a block size of more than 600sq m and the ability to position the bird loft at a suitable distance from neighbouring houses. Two of three submissions from adjoining neighbours also supported the application.

The one person who did object cited concerns over noise and their health, with the chance play equipment and laundry could be contaminated by the increased level of bird droppings.

Prior to the council rejecting the application Mr Warner, a 30-year pigeon fancier and registered member of the Pigeon Racing Federation of WA, had submitted a compelling case to back up his application.

He said pigeon fanciers were dedicated to creating the best possible environment and lifestyle for their pigeons, adding that they were unlike wild pigeons that overpopulate town squares.

He said health and noise concerns were also unfounded.

“I fulfilled all council requirements and I met all their criteria,” he said.

“I don’t take short cuts – I play within the rules.”