Roo muster not harmful


A kangaroo outside the golf course fence.
A kangaroo outside the golf course fence.

Last week the City of Wanneroo sought ministerial intervention on behalf of residents in response to their concerns about kangaroos mustered out of the fenced Sun City Country Club.

Mr Jacob said the club was responsible for managing kangaroos on its land and there were no significant welfare concerns for the animals.

“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.

“I have been assured there are no significant welfare concerns for these animals at this time.

“While they may appear to be trapped outside of the golf course estate, there is ample open space and food sources outside of the estate for these individuals, including Yanchep National Park to the north.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City was facilitating discussion between Parks and Wildlife and the club.

“Our advice is that the kangaroos have been prone to migrate from the national park immediately to the north and the golf course into public open space and residential areas, resulting in the kangaroos becoming land-locked,” she said.

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

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

City staff met with Parks and Wildlife officials earlier this month (March) to seek their assurance that the issue would be resolved.

The City has also asked the club to allow kangaroos into its grounds from Saint Andrews Park and from the eastern side of the country club towards Yanchep National Park.

Mayor Roberts has written Mr Jacob requesting quick and effective action.

“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.”

The club musters some of the 3500 kangaroos off its grounds every Wednesday.

Kelsey Burns started a petition to stop the practice at change.org, which had almost 2000 signatures last week.

“Recently it has been brought to our attention that staff at the Yanchep golf course have been driving the kangaroos away from the course (into the surrounding residential area with only a little bit of bush surrounding the course) using tractors or utility vehicles,” the petition said.

“The kangaroos could have been hit by oncoming traffic or may not be able to find sufficient amount of food on the small amount of bush land they are being forced onto.

“We want them to stop harassing the kangaroos and leave them alone, as they stay in the shade during the day away from golfers.

“Alternatively, relocate the kangaroos to the national park to ensure their safety and freedom.”

Anybody who sees sick, injured or orphaned animals should can call the Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055.