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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Birds on a wire Pigeons that are causing a nuisance in Summer Hill have a bird's eye view of the village. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH FIONA BRADY SUMMER Hill business-owners are in a flap over feral pigeons. The feathered fiends are causing such a bother that one business has even taken to putting rubber snakes on the floor to try to scare them off. Deborah Ilacqua, from Happy Loaf Bakery, took the step after being fined by Ashfield Council over the pigeons last week. She said she had been waging war against the pigeons in the 25 years her business has been in Summer Hill, scouring the internet for tips on how to get rid of the pests. ''They're not scared of any- body,'' she said. ''You can't control them.'' Mrs Ilacqua said shops needed the council's help to tackle the problem. ''They've really got to come up with some solution,'' she said. ''It's not up to the shop assist- ants to get rid of them.'' Nina Aliendes, from Envy Cafe in Summer Hill, described pigeons as a ''serious problem''. ''We have a courtyard and when kids drop toast or scraps of food, the pigeons are so feral, they actually jump on tables,'' she said. ''And it is amazing how many people are scared of birds.'' In May, Ms Aliendes asked her pest controller to obtain a permit from the authorities to eradicate the birds. ''It hasn't made a difference at all, they come from elsewhere,'' she said, adding that individual business owners could not handle the problem on their own. Independent councillor Caroline Stott asked council staff to look into the problem at last week's Ashfield Council meeting. A council spokeswoman said the council was aware of a colony of pigeons in Summer Hill. ToPage2
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