FARMERS are calling on the Bass Coast Shire Council to come up with a solution to the thousands of Cape Barren geese which are “destroying” crops on Phillip Island.
Local farmers raised the issue of the geese at a recent Community Connections Session at the Council Chambers in Wonthaggi.
They asked councillors to acknowledge the issues they are facing daily, including the fact that due to the significant increase in wildlife numbers, it is now becoming difficult to farm.
They say there’s hundreds of geese disturbing cattle farmers and destroying crops on farms throughout Ventnor.
Cr Stephen Fullarton said the community is at “breaking point”.
Farmers and tourism groups are requesting a sustainable solution and not a blanket
approach.
Residents are suggesting management on the breeding of geese and are asking Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to provide expert staff to manage the issue.
“These geese are destroying crops and destroying the farmers’ livelihood,” said Cr Fullarton.
The Island ward councillor has confirmed he’s arranged a meeting with DELWP staff and Phillip Island Nature Parks to find a solution urgently.
In 1984, six Cape Barren geese were brought to Phillip Island. One died in transit.
Now it’s estimated there’s more than 3000.
“There must be a management plan put in place to help our farmers achieve their conservation targets,” said Cr Fullarton.