DPaW: Kangaroos don’t need extra feed

The Department of Parks and Wildlife says kangaroos used to the easy pickings at the Sun City Country Club golf course do not need supplementary feeding when they are relocated.

THE Department of Parks and Wildlife disagrees with the Northern Valleys Wildlife Support group about kangaroos, which have spent all their lives on a Yanchep golf course, needing to have supplementary feeding as they are being moved on.

Last week Northern Valleys Wildlife Support spokeswoman Sonia Cooke said the kangaroos in the area were dying of stress and starvation because they had no idea what to eat.

Ms Cooke said most would have been born on Sun City Country Club’s golf course where they had access to green grass and wouldn’t be able to adapt without supplementary feeding to surviving in the bush.

She thought a company the size of Peet would try harder to get a compassionate outcome for the animals as Stockland had done in Ellenbrook.

But a department spokeswoman said the kangaroos did not need supplementary feeding.

“It is currently the start of spring and the adjacent Yanchep National Park, which is more than 3000ha in size, is expected to be productive enough to provide ample opportunity for the kangaroos to forage for food and water before dispersing further over the summer months,’’ she said.

The spokeswoman said the department had approved the recent movement of about 100 kangaroos from one section of the estate into unrestricted bushland.

When the department had approved the movement of the kangaroos it did not made any recommendations or conditions about food and water for the kangaroos while they were (temporarily)fenced in.

She said the department had not been contacted about reports of dead kangaroos north of Peet estate and the Sun City Country Club golf course.

Last week Peet managing director and chief executive officer Brendan Gore said the company was not aware of reports of dead kangaroos north of the residential development or golf course and was not qualified to comment on whether the deaths of kangaroos at Yanchep were the result of the animals being moved from the golf course.

“There are a number of other factors which may have caused the death of some kangaroos, and it’s not helpful to speculate,’’ he said.

Mr Gore said Peet, which had been establishing new homes at Yanchep Golf Estate for some years in harmony with the local kangaroo population, had some time ago engaged fauna management specialists to advise the company on the best way to safely move kangaroos from the estate into unrestricted bushland.

But he said recently there had been significant disruptions to the kangaroos’ natural migration pattern in the area.

“While this is outside Yanchep Golf Estate’s control, we have responded by working with everyone involved – the City of Wanneroo, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Sun City Country Club, other developers and residents – to achieve a coordinated response to what is a wider regional issue,’’ he said.

“A fauna management plan, approved by the relevant authorities, has been in place for Yanchep Golf Estate and, in light of changes over the past few months, we are also working on a more specific kangaroo management plan.’’

The Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said the department had approved a more specific management plan kangaroo management strategy.