Published on 03 May 2022
Mornington Peninsula Shire will install one-way gates to allow hundreds of kangaroos on private land at Cape Schanck to return safely to their natural habitat.
The three one-way gates will be installed along the boundary between the privately-owned farm and Greens Bush. This will create a safe exit for the kangaroos who entered the property from Greens Bush several months ago through holes cut in the fence.
The decision comes after extensive discussions between the Shire, the property’s owner and representatives from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
The Shire is currently working with DELWP to progress a Wildlife Management Plan looking at how the Peninsula’s wildlife population can be better managed and protected.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Anthony Marsh
“We believe this solution will resolve the situation, which has been ongoing for the better part of a year. Nobody wanted to see the kangaroos culled.”
Quotes attributable to Councillor David Gill
“I’m happy with the one-way gates. They will allow the kangaroos to exit the property without placing them in danger or making them stressed. The Peninsula’s kangaroo population is under severe pressure, and we need to do what we can to protect them.”
Quotes attributable to Councillor Debra Mar
“This is the best outcome to what has been a very difficult situation. I’m pleased the future of these kangaroos is now more secure. However it’s vital we continue to pay attention to the bigger picture, which is about working with DELWP on a detailed management plan for the Peninsula’s wildlife.”