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Motion: Wildlife Management: Bathurst

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:42): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Bathurst community in New South Wales is leading the way in creating an innovative and non-lethal solution to wildlife conflict management at the internationally renowned Mount Panorama car racing circuit,

   (ii) Mount Panorama's car races are internationally significant in motor racing and are of important economic benefit to Bathurst,

   (iii) councillors from Bathurst Regional Council recently reiterated unanimous strong support for the relocation of over 150 kangaroos from Mount Panorama and is funding basic upfront costs,

   (iv) the relocation project is being delivered by donated expertise from scientists, veterinarians, darters and kangaroo rehabilitators, and has some 300 community volunteers registered to help,

   (v) 17 local businesses, community clubs and non-government organisations (NGOs) are supporting the project, and

   (vi) kangaroos are one of the world's iconic animals and the non-lethal management of kangaroos at Mount Panorama is of national and international interest; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

   (i) congratulate Bathurst Regional Council and its achievement in leading the way in kangaroo management based on real community participation and engagement, and robust science and principles of species ecology and behaviour, and

   (ii) provide the support needed for other communities to adopt similar non­ lethal approaches to our iconic kangaroos.

Question agreed to.

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