Call for gov­ern­ment to get the jump on kan­ga­roos and deer

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment should make Vic­to­ria’s kan­ga­roo pet food scheme on­go­ing and ex­tend it to in­clude deer, ac­cord­ing to Euroa’s state MP Steph Ryan.

Ms Ryan, who is also the deputy leader of The Na­tion­als, told Par­lia­ment re­cently that land­hold­ers in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges had re­ported see­ing deer on their prop­er­ties.

“Deer are a pest an­i­mal that do enor­mous dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“They have al­ready be­come well es­tab­lished in ar­eas in­clud­ing Ta­tong and the Vic­to­rian high coun­try but we need to act quickly to stop them in­hab­it­ing ar­eas like the Strath­bo­gie Ranges.

“Ex­tend­ing the cur­rent kan­ga­roo pet food trial to in­clude deer would en­able land­hold­ers to en­list the sup­port of ap­pro­pri­ately li­censed shoot­ers to help con­trol their spread in a mea­sured and reg­u­lated way.

“It would also en­sure the car­casses of any an­i­mals can be pro­cessed as pet food, in­stead of be­ing left to rot.”

Ms Ryan said the kan­ga­roo pet food trial was in­sti­gated un­der The Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als when last in gov­ern­ment to al­low kan­ga­roo meat har­vested legally to be pro­cessed as pet food.

The trial has been ex­tended but has no cer­tain fu­ture be­yond March next year.

The scheme has also re­sulted in ex­tra jobs in the Euroa elec­torate, with pet food abat­toirs in Stan­hope and Sey­mour ben­e­fit­ting from the changes.

Strath­bo­gie res­i­dent Gra­ham Moore is a pro­fes­sional shooter who has been called on by land­hold­ers with per­mits to cull kan­ga­roos.

Mr Moore said the num­ber of pest an­i­mals was only grow­ing and the gov­ern­ment should turn the trial into an in­dus­try that could be ex­panded across the state.

“The prob­lem is in­creas­ing and there have been quite a few land­hold­ers who’ve had to re­new their per­mits be­cause they un­der­es­ti­mated the num­ber of kan­ga­roos on their prop­erty,” Mr Moore said.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion be­cause the depart­ment is still is­su­ing shoot and drop per­mits and an­i­mals are be­ing wasted.

“With the trial, the an­i­mals are used and not wasted, jobs are created and ev­ery­one wins.”

Farm­ers, land­hold­ers and shoot­ers across the Euroa elec­torate have backed Ms Ryan’s calls for the gov­ern­ment to com­mit to the scheme and to make it per­ma­nent.

“Ear­lier this year I was con­tacted by Ian Ross from Mia Mia who es­ti­mates that at least 1000 kan­ga­roos are on his prop­erty at any one time,” Ms Ryan said.

“He has been con­trol­ling the kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tion for a num­ber of years with per­mits but feels, given the small num­ber of kan­ga­roo his per­mits al­low, it has not made any no­tice­able im­pact.”

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