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The GOATs of lawn-mowing

A herd of goats are Sydney Metro’s latest employees, recruited for a special task at the Eastern Creek Precast Facility for Sydney Metro West.

The 20 Boer goats have made themselves at home at the purpose-built facility in Western Sydney, having been employed to graze away at the grass and vegetation surrounding the site.

The goats will help minimise the environmental impacts of using pesticides, prevent weeds from flowering and eliminate noise and emissions from having to use machinery to manage the grass.

The herd will be on site for a few weeks to get the weeds under control, before moving on to a new home. They will be safely fenced in, with access to fresh water and shade 24 hours a day, and workers will regularly check on their welfare.

The goats will be great company for the 570 workers on site as they work to produce more than 150,000 concrete segments for Sydney Metro West.

The facility is made up of three sheds for each tunnelling package, each with its own production line, to produce concrete segments for the new 24-kilometre metro line that will connect Greater Parramatta to the Sydney CBD.

The goats will primarily be located around the Eastern Tunnelling Package shed, which is in the early stages of production with more than 2,100 segments already produced.

Production and installation of segments for the Western and Central tunnelling packages are well advanced, with more than 23,700 segments installed in the tunnels between Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park, and 45,000 segments installed in the tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and The Bays.

Sydney Metro West will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, transforming Sydney for generations to come.

For more information about the project, visit the website.