Regenerating a Forest with Goats

child holding goat

A community-led initiative in a bushfire-prone town in Dja Dja Wurrung country in Victoria, Australia is successfully using goats and hand tools rather than herbicides, machinery, and burn-offs to mitigate fire risk. Goathand Cooperatives’ work reduces fire risk, keeps the forest thriving, and is bringing the community together.

Filmmaker: Jordan Osmond

Running Time: 12 mins

Language: English


Jordan Osmond grew up in Ballarat, Australia. A budding photographer, in his mid-teens he was struck by how documentary films were having an impact on how he saw the world and how he lived his life. Impressed by what an effective medium for change they were, he wanted to get behind the camera and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

His first feature film, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, co-directed with Samuel Alexander, has received over a million views on YouTube and continues to be shown at community events and festivals around the world. He is director, writer and cinematographer, as well as editor of nearly all of the Happen Films productions. Photo: Jason Hosking.