Better Wildlife Policy for the City of Swan
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There is much development happening within the City of Swan currently, which is great for residents but not so great for our local wildlife.
Since work started on the NorthLink Development there has been an increase in Kangaroos, being left displaced or hit by cars in surrounding areas. There are also, small pockets of Kangaroos caught in small housing development areas with no where to go as there is no clear “wildlife corridor” for them to leave through.
The City of Swan reported it had picked up 165 dead kangaroos between January and June. The Echo Newspaper revealed these areas were found to be, (but not limited to); Aveley, Ballajura, Baskerville, Belhus, Bennett Springs, Brigadoon, Brabham, Bullsbrook, Cullacabardee, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Jane Brook, Lexia, Stratton, The Vines, Upper Swan, West Swan and Whiteman.
While the City of Swan and the WA Planning Commission are adhering to conditions set by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) the City of Swan CAN DO BETTER!
City of Swan, City Chief Executive, Mike Foley stated to the Echo Newspaper that “Lord Street was the current focus of discussions between the City of Swan and Main Roads WA for increased warning signage”. He also stated, “To date, there has been no suggestion that the City requires such a policy for the management of kangaroos and other fauna,”. Kangaroos cannot read signs and is driver behaviour really affected by signs?
The City of Wanneroo recently released a draft Policy for Fauna Management. The objective of the Policy is to ensure the effective management of macro-fauna by landowners and/ or developers of land proposed for urban development, and to avoid the unwanted impacts of displaced macro-fauna (such as kangaroos and emus) due to habitat disturbance. This policy can be viewed here: https://www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/consultations/downloads/5b56d97648eb0.pdf
Unfortunately, there aren’t too many options left for these Kangaroos. But we ask the City of Swan to consider a better effective management of fauna like the City of Wanneroo’s for any future development. Let the City of Swan know WE CAN DO BETTER! Let the City of Swan know and Mike Foley know that we as a community want better for our local Wildlife!
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