City re­jects rac­ing pi­geon ap­pli­ca­tion

BIRD OWNER DIS­AP­POINTED AF­TER ‘COM­PELLING CASE’

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE City of Cock­burn has laid out the wel­come mat for an AFL club, but 50 rac­ing pi­geons will re­ceive no such re­cep­tion.

Ear­lier this month Cock­burn coun­cil­lors moved to dis­miss an ap­pli­ca­tion lodged by Chris Warner for him to keep the flock at a home in Mun­ster.

Mr Warner, a Can­ning Vale res­i­dent, bought a prop­erty on Bar­ring­ton Street and in­tended to keep the birds in a loft on site.

But in a re­port to Cock­burn coun­cil­lors, an of­fi­cer re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion, de­spite it tick­ing a num­ber of lo­cal law boxes.

That in­cluded hav­ing a block size of more than 600sq m and the abil­ity to po­si­tion the bird loft at a suit­able dis­tance from neigh­bour­ing houses. Two of three sub­mis­sions from ad­join­ing neigh­bours also sup­ported the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The one per­son who did ob­ject cited con­cerns over noise and their health, with the chance play equip­ment and laun­dry could be con­tam­i­nated by the in- creased level of bird drop­pings.

Prior to the coun­cil re­ject­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion Mr Warner, a 30year pi­geon fancier and reg­is­tered mem­ber of the Pi­geon Rac­ing Fed­er­a­tion of WA, had sub­mit­ted a com­pelling case to back up his ap­pli­ca­tion.

He said pi­geon fanciers were ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing the best pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­ment and life­style for their pi­geons, adding that they were un­like wild pi­geons that over­pop­u­late town squares.

He said health and noise con­cerns were also un­founded.

“I ful­filled all coun­cil re­quire­ments and I met all their cri­te­ria,” he said.

“I don’t take short cuts – I play within the rules.”

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