Motorists hopping mad over kangaroo numbers
14 September 2015
Urgent action is needed to control kangaroo numbers across the Euroa electorate, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
Data obtained from major insurers RACV shows an alarming number of incidents involving animals in the last year on Euroa’s roads with Benalla, Seymour and Heathcote all making the list of top Victorian localities for collisions with animals.
“Between July 2014 and June 2015 there were 38 claims from the Benalla area, 37 from Seymour, 48 from Heathcote, 64 from Shepparton, 17 from Euroa and 17 from Nagambie,” Ms Ryan said.
“AAMI data shows a similar trend with 32 claims from Benalla, 36 from Seymour, 81 from Heathcote, 13 from Shepparton, 21 from Euroa, and 9 from Nagambie.
“Just last week I was contacted by a woman whose car was extensively damaged after she hit a kangaroo at 100km an hour on the Northern Hwy between Heathcote and Echuca.
“Motorists rightly want to know who’s going to take responsibility for addressing this problem.
“The government needs to issue more permits to control kangaroo numbers to reduce the risk of serious traffic accidents.
“The current trial of processing kangaroo carcasses initiated by the Liberal-Nationals Government should also be extended and made permanent.
“Under the trial, the carcasses of kangaroos harvested under legal permits could be processed for pet food. That is a commonsense outcome and it should be extended across regional Victoria.”
Ms Ryan said specialised fencing could also be used to keep kangaroos off the road.
“The TAC spends vast amounts of money on measures designed to improve road safety, like wire rope fencing,” Ms Ryan said.
“Considering the risk of kangaroos to motorists and the number of insurance claims from our area, I can’t see why the TAC wouldn’t strategically fence problem areas on roads such as the Northern Highway, particularly where they border state forest.”
Ms Ryan’s comments come following her own run-in with an errant kangaroo at Warrenbayne earlier this year.
“The cost and the inconvenience but most of all the danger that kangaroos present when they collide with motorists is considerable,” Ms Ryan said.
“Since Daniel Andrews came to office, he has scrapped the fox bounty, cut wild dog control and has failed to control Sambar deer. It’s time he got at least one thing right, and improved the safety of our roads by controlling kangaroo numbers,” Ms Ryan said.