Donkey-doo in downtown Numeralla

In a rural community the non-domestic animals are usually kept on acreage out of town, leaving the suburbs to cats, dogs and budgies.

That's normally the case in Numeralla, too, except that now a couple of donkeys are - according to neighbours - disturbing the peace within the village itself.

They are keeping people awake at night with their 'braying' and 'screeching.' And there's the smell too, which is not pleasant, emanating from the village block.

In April residents sent a petition to the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, protesting. Neighbours spoke to the owners and one even tried to arrange alternative accommodation somewhere else.

Several attempts by the council to resolve the issue collaboratively proved to be unsuccessful.

In fact, the council, meeting in Numeralla last week, was advised that notices were issued requiring relocation of the donkeys, all to no avail. All avenues of voluntary compliance had been exhausted.

One councillor said that commonsense suggested the donkeys - two males - be humanely euthanised.

One resident addressed the council meeting, saying he was often woken in the early hours of the morning by the donkeys screeching.

The council decided to seek an order through the Local Court to have the donkeys relocated.

Then peace can descend again, and sleep restored.

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