Kan­ga­roo cull nec­es­sary to help pro­tect trav­ellers

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Kan­ga­roo num­bers in the local area are ris­ing at a rapid rate and putting our com­mu­nity mem­bers and vis­i­tors at risk.

Last week, a rogue kan­ga­roo caused a Gee­long man to crash, roll and watch his car ex­plode in flames near Mathoura.

It is only by sheer luck the man was able to walk away from the crash.

Will the next vic­tim of a kan­ga­roo col­li­sion be so lucky?

And how many more vic­tims will there be be­fore re­quests for a cull to thin num­bers are heeded?

The most re­cent popu- la­tion es­ti­mates from the NSW Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment & Her­itage show that kan­ga­roo num­bers in the Griffith Kan­ga­roo Man­age­ment Zone (which in­cludes De­niliquin) rose by al­most 240,000 be­tween 2016 and 2017.

It in­cludes an in­crease in red kan­ga­roos of 218,125 to 819,450 and an in­crease in greys by 21,236 to 1,262,635.

In 2012, just months be­fore Mur­ray River coun­cil­lor Weyrich started his public ‘ roo cull cam­paign, grey kan­ga­roo num­bers were recorded at just 700,388 in the same zone.

The mat­ter of ad­dress­ing kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tions in and around the Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park be­tween De­niliquin and Moama has been shelved for too long.

Th­ese ‘near misses’ can eas­ily turn to tragedy in what Cr Weyrich once called ‘‘a game of Rus­sian roulette’’.

For the sec­ond time in as many years, Cr Weyrich last month took an of­fi­cial mo­tion call­ing for a cull to be im­ple­mented to the Local Gov­ern­ment NSW Con­fer­ence.

This time, the op­po­si­tion from his city coun­ter­parts con­cerned about a mo­tion to kill off the na­tional em­blem were out­weighed by those who saw com­mon sense — that in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tions of kan­ga­roos are putting lives at risk.

All mo­tions passed at the con­fer­ence are for­warded to the rel­e­vant state min­is­ter to en­act — in this case Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Gabrielle Up­ton.

As we’ve seen in the past — like the for­ma­tion of the Mur­ray River Na­tional Park and ces­sa­tion of sus­tain­able tim­ber har­vest­ing in the first place, an­other task to tackle for Ms Up­ton — the NSW Gov­ern­ment is known for back­ing Greens ide­ol­ogy for the sake of votes which keep its in power.

It’s time to stop play­ing pol­i­tics with peo­ple’s lives.

The ball is in your court Ms Up­ton. What mat­ters more; votes and kan­ga­roos or our lives?

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