Call to ex­tend roo cull trial

Shepparton News - Country News - - INTERNATIONAL DAIRY WEEK 2018 -

A trial al­low­ing legally har­vested kan­ga­roo car­cases to be sal­vaged for pet food is due to ex­pire in March and Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan is push­ing the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the scheme across regional Vic­to­ria and make it per­ma­nent.

Ms Ryan said kan­ga­roos were wreak­ing havoc on Vic­to­ria’s roads and not enough was be­ing done to en­sure the state’s kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tion was man­aged in a sus­tain­able way.

‘‘The Coali­tion’s Kan­ga­roo Pet Food Trial is a prac­ti­cal mea­sure to ad­dress Vic­to­ria’s kan­ga­roo prob­lem,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It re­duces waste, al­lows car­cases to be re­pur­posed and cre­ates em­ploy­ment, but it is soon due to ex­pire.

‘‘There have been 797 col­li­sions with an­i­mals re­sult­ing in in­jury or fa­tal­ity in Vic­to­ria over the last five years, ac­cord­ing to VicRoads crash data.

‘‘This fig­ure does not in­clude the huge num­ber of smaller prangs which have re­sulted in dam­age to ve­hi­cles, in­con­ve­nience to driv­ers and costly re­pair works, or the fright­en­ing near misses most of us have en­coun­tered.

‘‘The over­whelm­ing feed­back I am re­ceiv­ing from my con­stituents is that kan­ga­roo num­bers are out of con­trol, they are mak­ing our roads dan­ger­ous and more needs to be done,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Ex­tend­ing this scheme across all regional lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Vic­to­ria and mak­ing it per­ma­nent is one step the gov­ern­ment should be tak­ing.’’

Sey­mour res­i­dent An­drea McKen­zie, who reg­u­larly trav­els along Hume Fwy to Kil­more for work, knows only too well what an en­counter with a kan­ga­roo on the road can mean.

Ms McKen­zie said she was lucky to es­cape with only mi­nor phys­i­cal in­juries af­ter her ve­hi­cle col­lided with a kan­ga­roo on her way to work one morn­ing, but was shaken by the in­ci­dent.

‘‘As a fre­quent driver along this road, I see hun­dreds of kan­ga­roos at all times of the day,’’ Ms McKen­zie said.

‘‘Many of these are road­kill, mean­ing that other driv­ers have ended up in the same un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion as me, hit­ting the kan­ga­roo, dam­ag­ing their car and be­ing out of pocket due to ve­hi­cle re­pairs and pos­si­ble time away from work.

‘‘I’m sure some peo­ple have en­dured more se­ri­ous in­juries than my­self.’’

Ex­pla­na­tion sought for deaths . . . More than 100 birds like this one have died re­cently at Ta­tong.

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