The goats on GKI grazing in the paddock.
The goats on GKI grazing in the paddock. Contributed

Tower given until February to fix GKI goat problem

IT IS a goat of a problem, and Great Keppel Island residents are getting fed up with the feral animals.

The Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga is optimistic the feral goat problem impacting on Great Keppel Island and its residents can be resolved following a constructive meeting in Yeppoon last week.

The meeting was attended by Mrs Lauga, Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig, and representatives of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, relevant state authorities and Tower Holdings Pty Ltd.

"We asked Tower Holdings Pty Ltd, the Great Keppel Island lease holder, to put together an effective action plan to tackle the worrying issue," said Mrs Lauga.

"This plan needs to address the fact that the feral goats population has grown from 300 to up to 1000, with subsequent damage to the environment and the lifestyle of residents and visitors to the island.

"Residents on Great Keppel Island are reporting higher levels of feral goat activity and associated problems. These include erosion in certain areas where heavy browsing occurs (and) damage to residential gardens and back yards.

"We have asked Tower to ensure this plan is submitted by the first week of February 2016.

"In formulating its plan, Tower has been instructed to liaise closely with applicable state and federal authorities.

"This issue must be resolved as soon as possible," said Mrs Lauga.



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