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Wanneroo council calls on WA environment minister over 3500 problem kangaroos

There are about 3500 kangaroos that roam Sun City Country Club in Yanchep.The Wanneroo council wants the WA environment minister to step in over a Yanchep country club apparently driving more than 3500 kangaroos from its golf course into the path of nearby homes.
Nanjing Night Net

Activists have petitioned the Sun City Country Club golf course for trying to move the kangaroos off their greens because they were ruining them.

Yanchep local Kelsey Burns started the petition, which has already been signed by 1800 people.

Now Wanneroo mayor Tracey Roberts has joined the fight, saying she had written to Environment Minister Albert Jacob requesting “quick and effective action”.

She said the city has also had talks with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Sun City to sort out the kangaroo issue.

Ms Roberts said the kangaroos were migrating from the national park into public open space and residential areas and were becoming land-locked.

“This has created problems with overcrowding, as well as placing the kangaroos at risk of being attacked by domestic dogs or hit by cars,” she said.

“We are certainly mindful of the impact this issue is having in the community and we are advocating for solutions.”

Ms Roberts said the city had asked Sun City to allow the kangaroos onto the course from the eastern side of the country club towards Yanchep National Park.

She said the council had also erected signs to warn motorist to be on the lookout for kangaroos.

“We appreciate the support residents have shown in caring for the kangaroos and we will continue to work with the responsible parties towards a positive outcome,” she said.

Ms Burns said that the kangaroos could be hit by oncoming traffic or may not be able to sufficient food on the small amount of bush land they are being forced onto “which will soon be destroyed for more residential houses”.

She said if the kangaroos cannot be left alone, they should be relocated to a national park, instead of being “driven out by tractors” to unsuitable bushland.

On Monday, Sun City members were informed by management that 3500 kangaroos now roamed the golf course, and were destroying the greens.

“The Sun City Country Club has been on this site for over forty years and the housing developments at that time were minimal and the kangaroos roamed free but mainly in the natural bush,” the statement read.

“The kangaroo population has steadily increased over this period, with the recent land development projects, the kangaroos have gravitated to the golf course.

“The club has had small fences in place for many years, although the kangaroos still get in and continue to damage the course costing several thousand of dollars a year in repairs.”

Sun City claims the new fencing it put up to keep the kangaroos out has been vandalised.

“The club is now experiencing several incidents of vandalism by vehicles and or persons knocking down our existing fences to gain access to the course, causing severe damage to the course which cannot be allowed to continue,” the statement read.

“When the fence is cut it also allows the kangaroos back out into the housing estate.”

Mr Jacob said the management of the roos was the responsibility of the City of Wanneroo.

“The Department of Parks and Wildlife is providing support through the provision of advice,” he said.

“I have been informed that the City of Wanneroo has contracted an environmental consultant to develop a management strategy for dealing with the kangaroos in the urban area. Parks and wildlife will continue to provide appropriate wildlife management advice as required and I have asked to continue to be informed about the issue.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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