Pigeon problem met with a proposed subsidy scheme

City of Swan has opted not to develop a local pigeon law similar to nearby local governments.
City of Swan has opted not to develop a local pigeon law similar to nearby local governments.

THE City of Kwinana plans to tackle growing feral pigeon populations in Medina and Calista.

It will consider a subsidy scheme for residents with pigeon problems in its upcoming 2019/20 budget.

The city will also seek to educate people about the risks of feeding birds, after 70 complaints about feral pigeons from residents in the two suburbs were made in five years.

Residents have reported pigeons roosting and nesting in their roof cavities, and people have complained about neighbours regularly feeding birds.

They asked for help from the City because pest control options can be expensive.

There is potential for pigeon infestations to spread to other properties, and public health concerns include ticks, mites, cockroaches and rats attracted to the bird droppings, along with possible transmission of infectious diseases.

On March 27, councillors unanimously supported a plan to lower pigeon populations.

This includes a subsidy scheme for residents to implement feral pigeon controls, of up to $250 per premises depending on the type of pest control employed.

The proposed one-off scheme however must first be considered for inclusion in the 2019/20 Budget and would only be available before June 2020.

 

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