Mark Bailey is battling council over roosters he keeps on his Kent St property. Mark believes he shouldn’t have to pay to keep his birds and says there are roosters everywhere in Depot Hill.
Mark Bailey is battling council over roosters he keeps on his Kent St property. Mark believes he shouldn’t have to pay to keep his birds and says there are roosters everywhere in Depot Hill. Chris Ison

Roaming roosters ruffle feathers

DEPOT Hill's Mark Bailey has let his chooks and roosters roam free in his yard for 14 years, and doesn't see why he should have to stop now.

The 53-year-old man said his Kent St residence had always been a place for his feathered friends to wander his yard without being contained.

However Mark's a little ruffled at the moment after Rockhampton Regional Council told him he needed to pay $65 for each rooster he kept.

Mark said his problems were sparked by a complaint from a neighbour in November last year.

Since then he had received a number of visits from council, the most recent last week.

"A neighbour complained that they (chickens and roosters) were getting into their yard, so council came around and said there was no rule about keeping them," Mark said yesterday.

"But then they came around again and said I would get a $500 fine if I don't get rid of some, so I did and I was told everything was good and shook hands.

"Then I got a call the next day from them wanting to talk about the money side of things which was never mentioned the day before when he visited."

Mark said the council then required him to pay $65 for each rooster at his residence, but he said being a pensioner he couldn't afford it.

"I don't like keeping animals locked up and what's the world coming to if you've got to pay for every single animal you have," he said.

"There's a rooster at every second house in Depot Hill."



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