Gladstone City Library manager Peter Cramb surveys pigeon droppings on the library's windows.
Gladstone City Library manager Peter Cramb surveys pigeon droppings on the library's windows.

Pigeon scourge ruffles Gladstone city feathers

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE Gladstone City Council is launching a counter-attack upon the dreaded scourge of the Central Business District (CBD) ? the pigeon.

The dive-bombing menaces have been leaving their tell-tale mark across the CBD and the council has had enough.

At the December 14 council meeting it was decided to introduce metal flashing instead of planned metal spikes.

Environmental Services manager Ron Doherty said the pigeons were a menace not just to Gladstone City Library, but to other buildings nearby .

'The pigeons are at the council building, art gallery and most businesses are having problems,' Mr Doherty said.

One solution floated was to use spikes to discourage these avian aviators.

Number eight wire was to be used in a 50 millimetre grid pattern but it was going to be fairly costly and never went ahead.

Intead, the council is going to use metal flashing to remove perch points and eliminate roosting.

'Put on the correct angle, the birds cannot get onto the perch and this will eliminate perching and roosting,' Mr Doherty said.

Mr Doherty expressed concern over how to properly resolve the problem.

'This is not an easy issue and the droppings on windows make them hard to clean,' Mr Doherty.

In August, the council approved the expenditure of $3000 from the library's building maintenance budget to address the pigeon problem.

Maintenance supervisor Ian Johnson and carpenter Harry Anderson both expressed the view that flashing and awning extensions would be a more effective option.

The library has been experiencing problems with pigeons since its completion in August 2003.

Previous schemes involved using big plastic hawks to scare the birds off, but the pigeons ignoreed them and came back with a vengeance.

Another idea was to trap them and have them put down by a veterinarian

The battle for aerial supremacy over the CBD continues.



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