New bird laws fail to take flight in Ellenbrook

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.

A FEW Ellenbrook residents in a flap over their neighbour’s homing pigeons have no relief in sight.

City of Swan council has not supported developing new local laws in response to complaints about the impact of pigeons in residential areas.

In August, the City opted to investigate its pigeon keeping laws because Ellenbrook residents neighbouring a pigeon breeder had raised concerns.

The Advocate spoke to one resident who complained about his neighbour’s homing pigeons defecating on his roof, solar panels and vehicle each day.

He said he had grown tired of his solar panels losing power due to bird droppings and had even had his car re-sprayed.

Most complaints to the City of Swan about pigeon keeping related to one property in Ellenbrook.

Pigeon Racing Federation of WA advises that with good practice it is possible to keep up to 150 pigeons without significant impact on neighbours.

The federation estimates there are approximately 16 keepers in the Swan area, 15 of which are in built-up residential areas.

Other metropolitan local governments — including Subiaco, Wanneroo and Joondalup — have developed local pigeon laws.

A report from City of Swan staff recommended council accepted pigeon keeping has an occasional impact on neighbours and was part of the broad range of cultural activities enjoyed by residents.

Council declined to develop pigeon laws on the basis that the aggregate impact was small.