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