Invasive animal inquiry should consider kangaroos: Ryan

07 September 2016

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan has called for a Parliamentary inquiry considering the impact of invasive animals on Crown land to consider kangaroos.

“Expanding the scope of this inquiry will bring to light evidence about the number of kangaroos across Victoria and the problems they are causing,” Ms Ryan said.

“The impact of kangaroos on public and private land and on farming enterprises needs to be considered as a part of this inquiry.

“Kangaroos breeding in great numbers on Crown land are wreaking havoc on the farms of adjoining landowners.

“It is disappointing that the government is not taking seriously the problems that kangaroos are causing.”

The government last week extended the highly successful kangaroo pet food trial to include Greater Bendigo.

Ms Ryan said the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio had significantly delayed a decision on whether the scope of the trial would be broadened before announcing it would only be extended to another four local government areas.

“The kangaroo pet food trial was established by The Nationals when in government for an initial two year period.  After extensive lobbying by Nationals MPs it was extended for a further two years until March 2018.

“The trial has benefited our region by stopping unnecessary waste, creating local jobs and developing a new niche market for high quality pet food.

“It’s frustrating the Minister won’t just put the program in place permanently and widened to include other rural areas.”

Ms Ryan also recently tabled a petition in Parliament on behalf of Euroa electorate constituents concerned about the out of control number of kangaroos.

“The petition draws to the Parliament’s attention the dramatic increase in kangaroo numbers across country Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.

“I hope it will put extra pressure on the government to manage Victoria’s kangaroo population more sustainably.”

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