When the fence comes down ... we will have dump­ing and fires, which will cause a lot of prob­lems.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Should the fence line re­main high to pro­tect the an­i­mals? @the­druitt

– KEVIN CRAMERI down ... we will have dump­ing and fires, which will cause a lot of prob­lems.”

He said any change to the fenc­ing would dra­mat­i­cally af­fect the an­i­mals.

“It will mean they have to have a much smaller area, so, there­fore, they can’t have as many of them,” he said. “It is go­ing to de­grade the whole her­itage park – it will just be bush­land.”

Cr Crameri said the re­gional park was the “lungs of Pen­rith” and had to be prop­erly main­tained.

A spokes­woman for Na­tional Parks and Wildlife con­firmed parts of the park, hous­ing the kan­ga­roos and emus, will con­tinue to have a higher fence line, while the vis­i­tor precincts will have lower fenc­ing, be­cause “they do not have to re­strict macro­fauna move­ment”.

“Peo­ple, cars, bikes and macro­fauna don’t mix well,” she said. “While there will be high fences be­tween the con­ser­va­tion zones and vis­i­tor zones, there is no need to have the high fences where vis­i­tor zones ad­join sub­urbs.”

How­ever, Mul­goa Val­ley Land­care pres­i­dent Lisa Har­rold said she was con­cerned about the “mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance” of emus in the area.

“The emu num­bers have dropped, from what I have been told by a source, from 70 back to 17 in a mat­ter of a few years,” she said.

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