Wal­la­bies have to be moved

The Weekend Post - - Views - Nick Dal­ton Deputy ed­i­tor

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.

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