Northern Valleys Wildlife Support wants help for Yanchep kangaroos


Northern Valleys Wildlife Support carer Sonia Cooke with joeys Freedom and Fugee, rescued from Yanchep.
Northern Valleys Wildlife Support carer Sonia Cooke with joeys Freedom and Fugee, rescued from Yanchep.

Northern Valleys Wildlife Support carer Sonia Cooke said requests for help had increased since 1.8m-high fencing was erected by Sun City Country Club (SCCC) on St Andrews Drive in late February.

“We have taken on six joeys in the last four weeks and encountered approximately 14 deceased (kangaroos) in the same time,” she said.

“This does not include road trauma incidents we have not been told about.”

The Times reported on March 3 that the installation of the fence had trapped about 80 to 100 kangaroos in the adjacent St Andrews Park and surrounding residential areas, including Yanchep Golf and Vertex estates.

The club musters kangaroos off the golf course weekly, aiming to herd them into Yanchep National Park, but Ms Cooke said without fencing of nearby developments, the kangaroos would remain ‘landlocked’.

“The kangaroos will continue to go around to the north of the SCCC and make their way back on to St Andrews Park… unless fencing is erected by the landholders to stop this,” she said.

“We believe the only option is to get them temporarily back into the golf club and all mustering off the course is stopped until the surrounding estates are fenced off.

“When there is no thoroughfare back for the kangaroos, they can then settle where they are meant to live, in the bush.”

A meeting was held at the club on March 16, attended by representatives from the wildlife group, City of Wanneroo, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Peet and Butler MLA John Quigley, where it was decided kangaroos would be moved back to the golf course.

SCCC president Greg Mitchell said weekly mustering was continuing and though the club wanted to fence the entire course, it would be useless without fencing around the estates.

“They need to put this fencing in place and secure the area before anything else can be done,” he said.

“There is nothing the club can do now.”

The City’s acting assets director Graham Tattersall said it was facilitating discussions between Parks and Wildlife and the club, and “assisting with the review of all options” to manage kangaroos in the estates.

“The City is looking to work collaboratively with the developers in the area to resolve this matter,” he said.

“(It) is planning to progress discussions with developers once we are clear on their obligations around this issue.”

Primewest director John Bond said as the developer for Vertex, they were consulting with the City, a terrestrial fauna specialist and zoologists about a management strategy, including fencing.

“We have arranged a meeting to discuss additional fencing,” he said.

But Peet chief executive Brendan Gore said Yanchep Golf Estate wanted to ensure free movement of the kangaroos.

“We believe free access through to the national park is the best option for kangaroos that pass through Yanchep Golf Estate,” he said.

Ms Cooke said it was commendable to try to accommodate wildlife in a community, but unrealistic.

“Kangaroos are wild animals and are not meant to live on residential estates,” she said.

“(It) is creating a real possibility of a significant kangaroo versus vehicle incident.”

Mr Quigley said a meeting with the developers and City officers was scheduled for this week.

“I have requested two developers to complete about 100m of fence to stop migration of kangaroos from land clearing down to the Russley (Grove) intersection,” he said.