Redman backs call for kangaroo quota reform
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.
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