Con­cerns over trapped kangaroos

AN­I­MALS UN­ABLE TO REACH HABI­TAT – RES­I­DENTS

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

RES­I­DENTS liv­ing near the Bushmead hous­ing de­vel­op­ment site say the lives of mo­torists and kangaroos are be­ing put at risk be­cause of fenc­ing in­stalled around the site.

Maida Vale res­i­dent Ka­reena Wa­ters said since Cedar Woods in­stalled fenc­ing around the en­tire 273ha estate, the an­i­mals were trapped be­cause there was no clear path to Goose­berry Hill Na­tional Park.

“I have lived here for 14 years and have never seen so many kangaroos in day­light near Mid­land Road, Sadler Drive and Ridge­hill Road,” she said. “At night it’s be­com­ing very dan­ger­ous for both kangaroos and mo­torists, and there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in the num­ber of kangaroos be­ing killed along Ridge­hill Road.

“On Satur­day morn­ing, I saw three dead kangaroos at the south end of Mid­land Road.”

A He­lena Val­ley Estate res­i­dent said three kangaroos were killed near the new round­about on He­lena Val­ley Road over the past week.

Cedar Woods state man­ager Ben Rosse said while the fenc­ing was per­ma­nent, aper­tures along Ridge­hill Road al­lowed the kangaroos to jump over into ad­join­ing na­tional parks.

“The fenc­ing that runs along the Ridge­hill Road bound­ary will re­main at 1.2m, which is the stan­dard rec­om­mended by the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DBCA) to al­low kan­ga­roo and joeys to jump over,” he said.

Mr Rosse said fenc­ing, up to 1.6m high, was in­stalled around the site to de­ter il­le­gal trail bike riders.

How­ever Ms Wa­ters called on Cedar Woods to re­move the fence along Ridge­hill Road to al­low the kangaroos to move eas­ily into the na­tional park across the road.

“Since the fence went up many kangaroos have nowhere to go,” she said. “Now the only way out is through prop­er­ties on the south side of the fence.

“The de­vel­op­ment is tak­ing away their habi­tat but the fence is lock­ing them in.”

But Mr Rosse said the Bushmead project aimed to con­serve and pro­tect habi­tat and pro­vide a bio­di­ver­sity cor­ri­dor for lo­cal fauna. “Given so much of the prop­erty is be­ing handed back to the DBCA as parks and re­cre­ation, it is in our in­ter­ests to make sure that it will be a thriv­ing ecosys­tem for both flora and fauna,” he said.

City of Swan act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Steven Tan said so far this year there had not been an in­crease in the num­ber of kangaroos killed on Mid­land Road.

The City has re­ceived five re­quests from July 1, 2017 to col­lect de­ceased kangaroos from Mid­land Road in Hazelmere.

This is a de­crease from 2016-17, where the City re­ceived seven re­quests to re­move nine de­ceased kangaroos.

The City of Kala­munda was un­able to pro­vide a re­sponse on how many kangaroos had been killed along Ridge­hill Road.

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Res­i­dents fear kangaroos are be­ing trapped in­side the fence at Bushmead.

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