Ryan calls for ur­gent ’roo ac­tion

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State Mem­ber for Euroa and Na­tion­als Deputy Leader Steph Ryan says The Na­tion­als asked the An­drews Gov­ern­ment four weeks ago to fix long de­lays in ap­prov­ing per­mits to con­trol kan­ga­roo num­bers, and she’s not happy with the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse.

‘‘In­creased kan­ga­roo num­bers are caus­ing con­sid­er­able prob­lems for farm­ers al­ready un­der pres­sure from a lack of rain, ris­ing wa­ter prices and di­min­ish­ing fod­der sup­plies,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Some peo­ple in north­ern Vic­to­ria have sold en­tire dairy herds to the abat­toirs while crop­ping farm­ers are star­ing down the bar­rel of a failed sea­son.

‘‘Kan­ga­roos are in plague num­bers, mak­ing life even harder for farm­ers fac­ing tough sea­sonal con­di­tions.

‘‘Farm­ers are wait­ing up to 10 weeks to get per­mits to re­duce kan­ga­roo num­bers be­cause there aren’t enough staff to ap­prove per­mits.’’

Asked again in State Par­lia­ment last week to fix these de­lays, Premier Daniel An­drews said a process was be­ing fol­lowed, and ac­cused The Na­tion­als of grand­stand­ing.

‘‘There are peo­ple whose liveli­hoods are at risk from drought and while kan­ga­roos in plague pro­por­tions eat them out of house and home, Daniel An­drews has no in­ter­est in help­ing them,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The Premier needs to pick up the phone and put more peo­ple on the job to prac­ti­cally as­sist farm­ers who are los­ing crops and fod­der to kan­ga­roos.’’

Na­tion­als leader Peter Walsh said Daniel An­drews’ dis­missal of farm­ers’ gen­uine con­cerns came af­ter Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford claimed East Gipp­s­land farm­ers had been in drought for just three weeks, de­spite many hav­ing de­stocked and some forced to cart wa­ter.

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