1446778573981 (1)Hygiene concerns have prompted the Parkes Shire to expand its pigeon control program.

The Council says the birds have moved from an old open cut gold mine near Peak Hill, into the town centre.

The spokesman Stephen Campbell says it is a health concern and many of the eradication strategies previously available are no longer approved.

He said the council would now focus on how many pigeons were at the old water treatment facility.

“It’s just hygiene and maintenance, I guess,” Mr Campbell said.

“They block gutters and other problems but it’s common to a lot of areas and the measures of actually treating the problem are limited, nearly limited to trapping, so it’s a painstaking exercise.”

Mr Campbell said trapping programs would continue.

“We’d be all looking for an easy answer to this problem because I think a lot of towns are suffering from pigeons.

“Out at Peak Hill the re-working of the old mine diggings, I guess, stirred up the pigeons that were roosting there and they’ve sort of moved into town, so over the last few years we’ve been working with a company to try and reduce the problem.”


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