Council accused of fowl play
NO-ONE could accuse Rockhampton's poultry fanciers of walking on eggshells after a club member ruffled feathers at City Hall.
Life member of the Rockhampton Poultry Fanciers Club Shirley Bauer has disputed a report that the poultry exhibit at this month's Rockhampton Show was scratched due to the 2011 floods.
In a letter to The Bulletin, Shirley cried fowl. “The Rockhampton Regional Council in its wisdom for the past three years has in its discretion refused to hold the poultry exhibits, unless the pavilion remains open until 9pm,” she writes. “This is detrimental to the health of our poultry as everyone knows that poultry go to roost as soon as night approaches,” she continued in bold type.
She said it wouldn't be good for the birds particularly with the timing of the show in breeding season.
Members of the community have approached club representatives about the ‘eggscrutiating' problem. A survey undertaken several years ago showed the poultry pavilion was among the most popular.
Fellow club member Denis Lindley said the council had also let the pens run into a condition of disrepair.
The Bulletin understands members of the pigeon club had offered to help man the chooks from 5pm to 9pm amid concerns of a shortage of poultry club volunteers to run the exhibit. However this was declined.
A spokeswoman for council yesterday said the Rockhampton Show Committee had been in discussion with the poultry club over the past few years and in particular during the lead-up to the 2011 show in regards to having poultry on display until 9pm.
“As the display is not big enough to utilise an entire pavilion, the space is shared with other exhibitors and it would disadvantage these groups if they were required to close early,” she said. “The Rockhampton Show Committee was disappointed that the poultry club chose not to display this year and will continue to liaise with the club in the hope they will return to the show next year.”