During one of my regular visits to the nation’s capital, I noticed an increasing number of pigeons in Civic, particularly around the chess board area and the merry go round. Feathered rats (avian rats as I assume they would be known in PC speak) are a messy, disease carrying (http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Business/documents/Health/PigeonFactsheet2005.pdf) pest which the government seems to do nothing about.
While I agree Australia has a mixed history with biological controls for pest animals (Cane toads are a case in point), I would suggest that an effective solution to the problem already exists in the Australian Ecosystem in the form of the Peregrine Falcon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_Falcon). This crow sized bird of prey feeds almost exclusively on medium sized birds such as pigeons. The introduction of a small number of falcons in the civic area would quickly reduce and control the population of gutter birds in the Canberra CBD.
The use of Falcons as a remedy to pest birds isn’t a new idea and has been successfully implemented at various airports around the world, and, I’m led to believe, at a number of sporting fields to keep seagulls away from the playing fields.
I urge the ACT government to consider this relatively cheap solution to the avian rat plague in our town.