Developer demands government picks up tab for Baldivis kangaroo relocation

Developer demands government picks up tab for Baldivis kangaroo relocation

The developer of land in Baldivis is demanding the government contribute financially to the relocation of kangaroos stating it to be an “expensive and high-risk” process.

Spatial Property Group managing director Bruce Young said he understood community concerns.

“Throughout the process we’ve been steadfast in our position on the connection Australians have with kangaroos,” he said.

“We’re happy to look at adapting the terms of the fauna management plan (FMP), however it is frustrating that after working with the relevant departments for two years to gain approvals for this development, and investing considerable funds into that process, the decision has been changed again.

“Darting and relocating kangaroos has been scientifically verified as a high-risk and expensive operation with many unknowns in terms of the animals mid to long-term wellbeing.”

Mr Young said data should be gathered following the relocation to inform future land development projects in WA.

“Given this late change has overridden the stipulated guidelines clearly set out for industry, we believe it’s only reasonable that government contributes financially to the new solution,” he said.

The original terms of the FMP, came via collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), the City of Rockingham and independent kangaroo expert Dr Graham Thompson after two years.

The FMP included scientifically verified plans to cull kangaroos at its Paramount Estate.