Mixed reaction to government's kangaroo control program
The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group said it welcomes the release of a permanent Kangaroo Harvesting Program to help manage kangaroo populations in Victoria.
“After 5 years of advocating for the pet food trial to be made permanent, we welcome the Kangaroo Harvesting Program which will improve kangaroo management, cut red tape for farmers, and bring Victoria in line with other states,” said Mr Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock President.
The Kangaroo Harvesting Program will feature a standardised form for landowners to provide written consent for the harvester to cull kangaroos on the landowner’s property. Farmers are being encouraged to ask the harvester for evidence of their authorisation to harvest kangaroos and that they have appropriate insurance.
“It’s positive to see that the program removes the administrative burden of kangaroo management on farmers. Farmers will no longer need to apply for a permit or prove kangaroo damage has occurred on their property to access the new kangaroo pet food program,” said Mr Vallance.