Wallabies have to be moved
THE agile wallabies at Trinity Park must be shifted as originally offered by an environmentalist.
They have to go for the sake of their health and safety and those of humans too.
A cull would be unacceptable but it is clear development is squeezing them out.
It is believed that faeces left by the marsupials at Trinity Beach Sporting Complex grounds have led to nine Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs’ players falling ill with infections.
Club personnel are finding it impossible to clean the ground because there are so many droppings.
Players are using medical-grade antiseptic wash before and after games in order to reduce the risk of infection.
It is believed developer Brookfield is to set aside 18ha for an animal reserve, but that could take some time to happen.
In the meantime conservationist Shai Ager should be allowed to relocate dozens of the marsupials from the suburb to the Tablelands.
She was awarded a permit by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Later it was suspended because the department said it was granted in error.
In the meantime it is suspected some residents took the law into their own hands last month and killed more than a dozen of the wallabies.
Sadly our growing population is putting pressure on the natural world.
We are doing our best to mitigate the harm but in this case the animals need to be taken to a safe haven.