Local mayor demands action over fatal road risk

Jul 14, 2017

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A country mayor is calling for a cull in his region after car collisions with kangaroos have risen around the state.

760,000 roos around SA will be eradicated this year, but none from the south east.

“The south east is continually missed off the proposal for kangaroo culling and has been for a number of years, and we would like to see it used,” Grant District Mayor Richard Sage told The Advertiser.

“We have 500 trucks travelling to Portland each day and the number of kangaroos on the road is unbelievable and farmers can’t graze their paddocks because of damage to vegetation.

“In some cases you could nearly put a fatality down to a kangaroo collision or swerving to try and avoid one.”

According to the RAA, animal collisions have gone up from 850 to more than 1,300 a year, with 60 per cent of those involving kangaroos.

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