Policy to handle roos
ISSUES arising from kangaroos herded onto neighbouring landholdings during clearing have prompted the City of Wanneroo to draft a policy on fauna management.
The council approved the draft policy at its July 24 meeting, which aims to improve fauna management during early stages of development and prevent herding issues experienced in Yanchep.
At the briefing session, acting strategic land use planning and environment manager Jim Singleton said the policy would require developers to survey fauna and humanely relocate them before they started clearing land.
The July council report recommended that development sites be fenced to prevent animals returning.
Mr Singleton said fencing could be removed once the area was fully developed as animals would not be attracted to it.
“The City has experienced unsustainable kangaroo populations being displaced into residential areas, golf courses and development sites in Yanchep,” the report said.
“Remaining areas of remnant vegetation are unable to adequately accommodate displaced kangaroo and fauna populations.
“This has adverse effects on the health of displaced fauna and in some areas distressing the local community.
“Extensive areas of kangaroo habitat have been zoned for urban development and as such will be cleared in due course.
“By ensuring that developers manage fauna on land for which they are responsible in a proactive manner, the City can potentially avoid future situations similar to that experienced in Yanchep.”
At the briefing session, Councillor Paul Miles asked whether the policy would protect kangaroos at the Inghams site in Sinagra. He was told the new owners were doing surveys but had not yet submitted a development application.