POULTRY farmer Allan “Swampy” Marsh has vowed to return to Moyne Shire offices after he abandoned plans to egg council headquarters and dump a bag of dead chickens on its doorstep.
Mr Marsh had threatened to take the action at the Port Fairy office because he claims council bylaws officers left a hole in the fence of his Mortlake brooder shed on September 2, which allowed dogs to enter and kill 940 of his chickens.
The council disputes this claim and maintains that its officers made a lawful entry onto the property after a complaint of cruelty from a member of the public.
Yesterday Mr Marsh arrived with a bag of 10 dead chickens, along with some live ones. He said he’d spoken to Port Fairy police and told them he would not break the law.
On his arrival Mr Marsh was greeted by council CEO David Madden, who said it was his role not to let Mr Marsh enter the building with any dead chickens or egg the building.
Mr Marsh said he didn’t want to go in the back of a divisional van and would come back another day.
“I just don’t want to finish up in jail. I’ve got a farm to run,” he said.
Mr Marsh said he had 940 dead chickens which “no one gave a stuff about”.
He said if it was sheep that had been killed then these “wankers” (council)would be out finding the cause.
“Someone has got to stand up for the chickens,” he said.
A handful of onlookers watched as Mr Marsh confronted Mr Madden.
“They’re terrified of a silly old chook farmer with some dead chickens,” Mr Marsh said.
“This is what bloody governs Moyne Shire.”
Towards the end of the confrontation Mr Marsh told Mr Madden he was a coward, to which Mr Madden replied “you’re ridiculous”.
Mr Marsh defended his decision to threaten the council and said it had known he planned to take the action for a week-and-a-half.
He told Mr Madden he wouldn’t see him in court but he may stand for council.
“You picked the wrong guy this time because this is going to escalate,” he said.
Mr Madden said he didn’t find the incident intimidating.
He said Mr Marsh was making his point but wasn’t really listening to anyone else.
Mr Madden said Mr Marsh had made threats before and both times the council had ensured that staff were not impacted.
He said people said a lot of things in passion and rarely followed through on it.
Watch the video below to see the confrontation between Mr Marsh and Mr Madden outside the council offices.
Mobile devices can play the video by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMubvthCBUQ