Pigeons

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, who I note is in the chamber tonight. The action I seek is that the minister invest in measures to prevent pigeon infestation at public housing estates in the Prahran electorate.

Last year I raised this issue publicly on behalf of residents in the Inkerman Heights and Horace Petty estates, and some action was taken in cleaning some windows and installing some spikes. But a year later it is clear that this has not been enough, and I have taken the time to personally visit tenants and have them show me around the estates and show me the affected areas. These are not just housing estates; they are people's homes.

Residents continue to raise this with me, and pigeon infestation continues. It is a health risk. It causes an unsightly mess through droppings, with windows and common areas covered in pigeon faeces, and they cause the degradation of buildings. Now I understand it is difficult to prevent residents from feeding the birds, and signs have been put up and letters sent to residents, but action can be taken to put up barriers on all roosting sites, often on the ledges that are common on the exterior of public housing high rises, as well as other measures to address this problem.