Kangaroo cull necessary to help protect travellers

January 11, 2018

Kangaroo numbers in the local area are rising at a rapid rate and putting our community members and visitors at risk.

Last week, a rogue kangaroo caused a Geelong man to crash, roll and watch his car explode in flames near Mathoura.

It is only by sheer luck the man was able to walk away from the crash.

Will the next victim of a kangaroo collision be so lucky?

And how many more victims will there be before requests for a cull to thin numbers are heeded?

The most recent population estimates from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage show that kangaroo numbers in the Griffith Kangaroo Management Zone (which includes Deniliquin) rose by almost 240,000 between 2016 and 2017.

It includes an increase in red kangaroos of 218,125 to 819,450 and an increase in greys by 21,236 to 1,262,635.

In 2012, just months before Murray River councillor Weyrich started his public ‘roo cull campaign, grey kangaroo numbers were recorded at just 700,388 in the same zone.

The matter of addressing kangaroo populations in and around the Murray Valley National Park between Deniliquin and Moama has been shelved for too long.

These ‘near misses’ can easily turn to tragedy in what Cr Weyrich once called ‘‘a game of Russian roulette’’.

For the second time in as many years, Cr Weyrich last month took an official motion calling for a cull to be implemented to the Local Government NSW Conference.

This time, the opposition from his city counterparts concerned about a motion to kill off the national emblem were outweighed by those who saw common sense — that increasing populations of kangaroos are putting lives at risk.

All motions passed at the conference are forwarded to the relevant state minister to enact — in this case Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton.

As we’ve seen in the past — like the formation of the Murray River National Park and cessation of sustainable timber harvesting in the first place, another task to tackle for Ms Upton — the NSW Government is known for backing Greens ideology for the sake of votes which keep its in power.

It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives.

The ball is in your court Ms Upton. What matters more; votes and kangaroos or our lives?

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