Vale Estate roos to be safely relocated


Trapped kangaroos in Vale Estate in Aveley.        d459826
Trapped kangaroos in Vale Estate in Aveley.        d459826

UP to 75 kangaroos will be relocated from within the Vale community in Aveley over the coming weeks.

Property group Stockland has developed a care and management plan of the Western Grey kangaroos with the help of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Residents and local wildlife carers have also been given details of the plan, which will see the relocation carried out in a calm and quiet atmosphere.

Stockland senior development manager Stuart Sinclair said the group was committed to protecting the welfare of native fauna in the area.

“Our priority is to safely relocate the kangaroos away from residential areas, re-homing them in an area of abundant native bushland where they will survive and thrive,” he said.

“We appreciate the support that we have received in the past from local wildlife carers who provided support for a number of joeys that became separated from their mothers during the last relocation exercise in December 2014.

“These joeys were hand-raised by local carers and were later released successfully into a bushland reserve.

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“We learned a lot from the previous relocation exercise, and we’re carrying out the current relocation during early spring so that any joeys are more likely to remain in their mothers’ pouches.”

Mr Sinclair said a wildlife care and management expert had been appointed, and was studying the kangaroos that are to be relocated.

“The kangaroos will be moved to a new home in a sustainable and safer habitat nominated and designated by DPaW,” he said.

“He (the wildlife expert) will work quietly and diligently over several days to capture the kangaroos and relocate them, taking considerable care to protect the health and safety of the kangaroos.

“Residential and agricultural development throughout the Swan Valley has gradually pushed this mob of kangaroos into one of the few remaining paddocks in the area, and the best outcome for the wellbeing and sustainability of these native animals is for the kangaroos and any joeys to remain together.

“They will be safely relocated to a nearby natural bushland with plenty of food and water to support them.”

DPaW advises anyone who finds a joey or kangaroo needing care to call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.