Pol­icy to han­dle roos

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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