Chook farmer denies latest Moyne egg attack

EGGING  of  Moyne Shire’s Port Fairy office headquarters would continue until the council offers to settle grievances with disgruntled ratepayers, Mortlake poultry farmer Allan “Swampy” Marsh has warned.

Mr Marsh, who has a grievance with the council over the death of  hundreds of his chooks last year, denied  throwing rotten eggs at the offices on Friday morning, but  acknowledged some of the empty containers found at the scene were from his farm.

“I have an almost unlimited supply of eggs from my farm  and whatever people choose to do with them is not my business,” he told The Standard after Friday’s egging — the third in about six months.

“I have an informal supporters’ group comprising people from Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Melbourne. 

“This type of protesting will go on until the shire sits down and offers to settle with me and others.”

Last September he threatened to dump carcases and throw eggs at the offices after alleging shire officers put a hole in the fence of his Mortlake brooder shed which allowed dogs to enter and kill 940 of his chickens. He said he didn’t follow through with his threat, so as to avoid arrest. 

He said he wanted the council to apologise for the actions of the bylaws officers, fix the fence and pay him compensation. The shire denied responsibility. “I’m not going to take court action against the council because if would be a recipe for burning money,” he told The Standard this week.

“The mayor said he would be happy to see  me in court, but I’m not going to spend a dollar on lawyers.”

Several other ratepayers have long-running issues with the shire, mainly over planning decisions.

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