POO POOHED: Gerry Davies wants to find a solution to the mess left by pigeons roosting outside her Main Street office.
POO POOHED: Gerry Davies wants to find a solution to the mess left by pigeons roosting outside her Main Street office. CATHY ADAMS

Alstonville in the poo with pigeon problem

ALSTONVILLE business owner Gerry Davies has seen what can happen when the shoe of a busy walker lands in a slippery pile of pigeon poo.

The victim usually ends up lying on the footpath after taking a slide, or if they manage to keep their balance the smelly substance gets trodden through local business houses.

The Main Street obstacles are catching many shoppers unawares, forcing the Alstonville/Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce to bring in an expert.

“It’s a nightmare,” Ms Davies, of Coast to Country Conveyancing at Alstonville, said.

“It is such a health hazard, something really has to be done before it gets out of hand.”

Chamber of Commerce secretary and local business owner Richard Lutze said the chamber had voted to hire a consultant to investigate the problem and work out ways of controlling the number of pigeons in the town.

He said there was a flock of about 50 pigeons that liked to hang around the main street, making nests on the roofs of shops and going to the toilet all over the footpaths.

“It is an issue because not only is it annoying, it is a safety hazard,” Mr Lutze said.

“The piles of poo on the footpaths get concentrated and people slip over on them.

“It is getting trodden into shops – the odour is bad, and it is a health hazard, too.”

Mr Lutze said the chamber and local businesses were looking at options such as modifying buildings to make them less enticing for the pigeons, and culling some of the flock to limit the number of birds in the town.

“We will never get rid of all of them, they have become a part of Alstonville,” he said.

“But while they are very friendly and cute, they are also a safety hazard, so we need to control the numbers.”

Mr Lutze said the chamber had also consulted with Ballina Shire Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service about the issue.


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