Gary’s not sheepish
Thursday, 21st May, 2015
By Erica Visser
He’s locked horns with City Council in the past but that won’t stop one visitor from enjoying all Broken Hill has to offer.
Gary the Goat and his comedian owner Jimbo hope to mingle with locals today after rolling into town in a van that runs on vegetable oil.
The duo was involved in a confrontation with Council during their last trip, after Gary allegedly ate a number of roses whilst tied up outside the City Library.
Since then, the unlikely best friends have built up an online following of almost 1.4 million users.
Jimbo, who once worked in advertising, built up the fan base after uploading videos detailing his antics with Gary whilst driving across the country.
“I took it for granted how humanised Gary had become since I traded in a case of beer for him four years ago,” Jimbo said.
“When I started putting videos of us just hanging out like we normally do, it went viral.”
The latest video depicts a day spent at Menindee’s men’s shed and prior to that, a boozy night at the Pooncarie Hotel.
Despite Gary’s tainted history with local authorities, Jimbo will hold a meet and greet this afternoon at 4pm in front of the court house, on the corner of Argent and Sulphide Streets.
“If you can’t walk a goat down the main street in Broken Hill, what’s the world coming to?” he said.
“If some councillors want to give it to us, we’ll meet them halfway. We’ve got nothing to fear.”
The pair planned on making at least one more impromptu appearance before stocking up on supplies and heading to Birdsville.
“We’ll be outside the Night Train at closing time on the weekend trying to pick up cigarette butts.”