Ryan puts Labor to the jump on kangaroo jobs
08 August 2018
Landholders’ concerns the Andrews Labor Government plans to cut the kangaroo pet food scheme if it is re-elected in November have been aired in Parliament today.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan challenged Labor MPs to come clean on the future of the program which is set to expire in March 2019.
“Landholders are fearful that Daniel Andrews plans to put a stop to the kangaroo pet food scheme if he gets back into government,” Ms Ryan said.
“Landholders won’t be the only ones to lose, with jobs at pet food processors at Seymour and Stanhope also on the line.
“If Labor supported the kangaroo pet food program, they would have made it ongoing when it first expired in March this year, instead of just extending it past this year’s election.”
Ms Ryan said concerns about the explosion in kangaroo numbers across the region were growing as seasonal conditions worsened.
“Farmers around both Toolleen and Euroa are frustrated by increased kangaroo numbers, particularly when they are coming out of tracts of public land that are not being managed by the Andrews Government,” Ms Ryan said.
“As seasonal conditions worsen and feed becomes scarcer, people are feeling the impact of increased kangaroo numbers even more.”
Ms Ryan said The Nationals were committed to making the kangaroo pet food scheme permanent and would extend it to include deer.
“Daniel Andrews won’t support the program because he knows he will only be able to form government with the Greens party after the next election and the Greens don’t believe in controlling feral animals,” Ms Ryan said.
“The kangaroo pet food program has created jobs in regional Victorian communities such as Stanhope and Seymour and it means kangaroo carcasses no longer need to be left in a paddock to rot.
“It is shameful that the Andrews Government continues to ignore the problems increased kangaroo numbers are creating for farmers and motorists in regional Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.