Red­man backs call for kan­ga­roo quota re­form

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - John Ely

State Na­tion­als leader Terry Red­man has thrown his sup­port be­hind Kal­go­or­lie MLA Wendy Dun­can’s plan to change how the WA Gov­ern­ment is­sues its kan­ga­roo har­vest­ing quota.

The method­ol­ogy be­hind the sys­tem car­ried out by the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife was thrown into the spotlight this sea­son af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial zero quota was is­sued for the whole re­gion af­ter an aerial sur­vey.

The move at­tracted crit­i­cism from pas­toral­ists and com­mer­cial kan­ga­roo shoot­ers, who ex­pressed doubt over the sur­vey re­sults and out­rage at the lack of con­sul­ta­tion be­fore the harvest freeze.

Though some sec­tions of the re­gion were sub­se­quently re­opened, Ms Dun­can said there needed to be a shift in how DPaW han­dled fu­ture quo­tas.

Ms Dun­can said it was il­log­i­cal to is­sue a sin­gle kan­ga­roo quota for the en­tire Gold­fields con­sid­er­ing the dis­par­i­ties in veg­e­ta­tion, num­ber of wa­ter points and level of wild dog-proof fenc­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

In­stead, Ms Dun­can said DPaW should an­a­lyse each sub­zone of the Gold­fields, which in­cludes the Dun­das, the Nullar­bor, North­ern Gold­fields and South-East-Agri­cul­tural zones, in­di­vid­u­ally.

She also called for an over­haul of how DPaW con­sults with in­dus­try and at­tributes re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­ci­sion-mak­ing on quota num­bers.

Mr Red­man said the Na­tion­als sup­ported Ms Dun­can’s mo­tion to over­haul the method­ol­ogy used by the DPaW on de­ter­min­ing kan­ga­roo har­vest­ing quo­tas in the fu­ture.

“That was the angst, that the fly­overs of roos weren’t pick­ing up the num­bers that were there, and there­fore get­ting an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse in terms of culling num­bers and tags,” he said.

While Ms Dun­can said hav­ing the Na­tion­als leader’s sup­port on the is­sue was en­cour­ag­ing, she ac­knowl­edged she would still need to put a strong ar­gu­ment to the party.

Im­prove­ments have been made to visi­tor ar­eas, as well as the prison’s trauma and cri­sis care fa­cil­i­ties.

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