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Three goats, and an idea

Pictured: Mark Slorach, Authorised Officer and Conor McCreesh, Parks and Gardens Coordinator. 

Three unclaimed goats have been put to work controlling weeds at one of Council’s retarding basins following a chance conversation between Council’s Regulatory Services Officer, Adam Hunter, and Parks and Gardens Coordinator, Conor McCreesh.

Mr Hunter was not sure what to do with the three goats after he rescued them wandering the streets six months ago.

“We weren’t sure what the fate of the three goats would be after no owners came forward to claim them, then Conor suggested we use them for weed control,” Mr Hunter he said.

Mr McCreesh says there are many benefits of having goats control weeds over harsh chemicals and manual removal.

“Goats are very selective. Their favourite things to eat are woody weeds and will often target weeds over some native species,” Mr McCreesh said.

“They are quiet, environmentally friendly, efficient and extremely effective,”

“Other benefits include savings from a significant reduction in labour, zero chemical use and no wear and tear on machinery. They can also reach areas that machinery and people cannot,”

“Since the trial began, we have required zero hours labour for maintenance in the enclosure which has given the drainage team more time for other works” he added.

Nicholas Mudge, Council’s Environment and Sustainability Officer, has also touted the programs benefits.

“From a sustainability perspective this is a fantastic initiative – any steps we can take to reduce our carbon foot print is a win,” he said.

Mr McCreesh said the program so far had been very successful and he would look at ways to expand the project in the future.

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