Pigeon poo covers the ground on the former Mid City Ford site in Fitzroy Street, Grafton.
Pigeon poo covers the ground on the former Mid City Ford site in Fitzroy Street, Grafton.

CBD's pigeon poo shame

PEOPLE walking past the vacant car dealership in Fitzroy Street, Grafton, have probably noticed the mess left by the site's current residents – a flock of pigeons.

The birds have taken up residence in the rafters of the roof over the vacant property and made themselves right at home.

Droppings from the birds have been accumulating for some weeks now and have quickly formed a thick layer on the concrete at the Grafton CBD property.

A frequent passer-by, who did not wish to be named, said not only were the droppings an eyesore, they could also be a health risk.

“On a windy day, dust from all the droppings and feathers becomes airborne and it's probably being breathed in by people walking past,” he said. “It's a disgusting mess and a health hazard.”

According to a NSW Government fact sheet regarding the feathered pests, pigeons could potentially spread diseases such as salmonellosis, aspergillosis and cryptococcus to humans through contact with infected droppings.

The fact sheet also stated pigeons could carry the toxoplasmosis disease, which often attacked the nervous system and was particularly harmful to young children.

Given how close the dropping build-up is to the busy footpath, the issue is a clear cause for concern.

A spokesperson for a real estate agency currently advertising the property for lease said it was aware of the problem and ultimately it was the owner's responsibility to keep the site clean. The spokesperson said the owner of the property had been notified of the issue and plans were being made to clean the site.



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