01 May 2017   

2 min read
A herd of goats serves as an unlikely (and adorable) remedy to fire risks.

One look at the treacherous terrain will tell you that the suburb of Ferny Hills, QLD is aptly named. Farrington Grove Retirement Estate is situated amid steep hills and lush bushland, and while the view is breathtaking, the stunning grassy surroundings tend to pose a threat when bushfire season approaches.

Overgrown grass, a result of the recent heavy rainfall in Queensland, meant that not even machines were able to venture up the slope. The unstable ground stood in the way of any attempts to rectify the situation. That is, until Village Manager Tina Darby came up with the out-of-the-box idea to introduce goats to the environment. After 18 months of unrelenting effort, 17 gorgeous goats were hired.

Doing what goats do best, the animals ate the majority of thorns and seeds littering the hills. The vegetation now has a new lease of life; once barren areas are now exploding with fresh green grass. In addition to being helpful and cost-effective, the goats have captured the hearts of the locals. Residents enjoy hearing the goats bleat, and watching them butt heads and lock horns. Residents often invite family and friends to visit and see the loveable creatures for themselves. Neighbouring nursing home residents also come to enjoy their company.

The next item on the agenda for Farrington Grove is purchasing their own goats, in addition to some sheep, to eat the new grass that is coming through. The goats have succeeded in transforming a once unsightly and uninhabited section of Stockland property into a beautiful background for the residents of Farrington Grove to enjoy, while bringing immense joy to everyone around them.

The vegetation now has a new lease of life; once barren areas are now exploding with fresh green grass.