News

How much land do you need to own a pet goose in Moreton Bay?

NOT HAPPY: Bob Rodgers with his geese Meenie and Molly.
NOT HAPPY: Bob Rodgers with his geese Meenie and Molly. Vicki Wood

Animal-lover Bob Rodgers has two geese, but council notified him last week that he must have them both removed from their Wamuran property within a week after a noise complaint, as they cannot be on a property that size.

If they don't have Meenie and Molly removed by this week, they will receive a $550 fine.

Despite his property being almost 4000 sq m, and having owned Meenie (the older of his two pets) for three years, semi-retired Bob has been told there is no room to move on the rules.

"They're just pets - dad raised Meenie from a chick - and they make no more noise than the wildlife we get here," Bob's daughter Trischell said.

"They're pets, and good ones, they're not just poultry."

Dr Dolittle

She described how the geese followed him around and wagged their tails when he got home, describing him as "Dr Dolittle".

Trischell did some of her own investigating, and after finding nearby councils such as Brisbane City and Golf Coast City required far less room to house a goose (more than 800sq m for up to 20 and between 800sq m and 1999sq m for six respectively), she believes the council rules should be reviewed.

She questioned the local law discrepancies between councils, but Moreton Bay region Division 12 councillor Adrian Raedel said the Moreton Bay's, which have been in place about five years, were carefully considered to suit the region.

"We spoke to over 600 people at the time (of writing them up) and it was advertised everywhere, we had feedback and community consultation," he said. "It's not a perfect science but for everyone that loves a rooster there's someone that doesn't."

He said council looked at local laws as issues arose.

HOW MUCH ROOM YOU NEED

GEESE: 0 for properties of 20,000sq m or less, or 10 for those 20,001sqm or more;

PARROTS: 1 only for properties between 1001sq m and 3000sq m (also applies to cockatoo, galah or similar);

DOGS: Those in multiple dwellings, units or properties of 300sq m or less can only hold a permit for one dog. Property owners of 301sq m and up to 599sq m can apply for a permit for one additional dog;

CATS: Those in multiple dwellings, units or properties of 300sq m or less can only hold a permit for one cat. Property owners of 301sqm and up to 599sqm can apply for a permit for one additional cat.

Topics:  animals, bylaws, geese


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Three charged after death of one-year-old Mason Jet Lee

SAD END: Mason Jet Lee.

Three charged after death of one-year-old boy

Chris completes 64km paddle around Bribie Island for better mental health

BAMBOO PROJECTS: Chris Paterson kayaked around Bribie to raise awareness for mental health.

Chris is "curing depression with water” by getting out to sea.

Killer appeals conviction for 2012 murder of Gail Lynch

GAIL LYNCH: Ian Hannaford at Warwick Magistrates Court in 2014.

"We will always be wondering if he will reveal where her body is.”

Latest deals and offers

Game designer playing for the win

"Pressing the 'launch game' button was exhilarating in itself, and I had a couple of beers on standby to celebrate the occasion.”

Three charged after death of one-year-old Mason Jet Lee

SAD END: Mason Jet Lee.

Three charged after death of one-year-old boy

Chris completes 64km paddle around Bribie Island for better mental health

BAMBOO PROJECTS: Chris Paterson kayaked around Bribie to raise awareness for mental health.

Chris is "curing depression with water” by getting out to sea.

Killer appeals conviction for 2012 murder of Gail Lynch

GAIL LYNCH: Ian Hannaford at Warwick Magistrates Court in 2014.

"We will always be wondering if he will reveal where her body is.”

If you’ve wondered what it feels like when doves fly, then find out

TAKE FLIGHT: White Wings Dove Service releases white doves at special events.

Have you ever wanted your own fairytale moment? Now is your chance.

Bribie driver allegedly kills kangaroo with stick after road accident

LUCKY ROO: Bribie and District Wildlife Rescue president said Byron Cann and rescued red-neck wallaby Bobby.

Wildlife rescuers stress drivers need to call the experts first.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles