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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 916 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2021 by Hon James Hayward

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

ALBANY RING-ROAD — FAUNA MANAGEMENT

916. Hon JAMES HAYWARD to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to wildlife management at the Albany ring-road project.

(1) Was a fauna specialist formally engaged in relation to kangaroo management within the ARR development area; and, if so, who paid for the service?

(2) Was a fauna management plan professionally prepared for the ARR by a fauna specialist and endorsed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; and, if so, will the minister table the plan?

(3) Why was a three-hectare containment area built for kangaroos in 2020 and then dismantled in November 2020, and were these actions explicitly endorsed by the fauna specialist and DBCA?

(4) Can the minister advise whether the kangaroos in question are now believed to be located on neighbouring pastures; and, if so, has the minister been advised what affected landholders plan to do with regard to the kangaroos on their pastures?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The project contractor received advice from a fauna specialist and prepared the project's fauna management plans. There was no regulatory requirement for such plans to receive DBCA endorsement.

(3) The fence in question was built to reduce the risk of kangaroos interacting with construction traffic, not to contain the kangaroos. The fence was removed when the land was subsequently required to support construction activity, such as the installation of drainage basins.

(4) Given the high prevalence of kangaroos in the general area, some kangaroos remain on Main Roads' land, and it is possible that some kangaroos have migrated to neighbouring properties. Local landowners are entitled to manage kangaroos on their properties in accordance with established protocol.