THE Director, Parks and Conservation, Daniel Iglesias, is advising that the 10 reserve sites that had been closed for the annual kangaroo conservation cull will re-open to the public today.
“The sites are Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Gungaderra Nature Reserve, Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land), Kama Nature Reserve, Mount Majura Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land), Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, Mount Painter Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land),” Daniel said.
“A total of 1,989 kangaroos have been culled as part of the ACT Government’s ongoing program to protect these grassland and woodland sites from overgrazing.
“The cull was undertaken without incident. Many of these sites are challenging in that they are small reserves located on the urban fringe. It is a credit to the professionalism of the contractor and staff from ACT Parks and Conservation Service who were able to deliver the work safely and effectively.
“We are pleased to be able to announce the early re-opening of the reserves and thank the public for their understanding and cooperation while the reserves have been closed.
“This kangaroo management program plays a critical role in protecting the environment at these locations. Ensuring the grasslands and woodlands are not overgrazed will help to protect our grasslands and woodlands, which provide habitat for creatures such as lizards and ground-feeding birds, and will avoid excessive soil loss whilst still maintaining sustainable numbers of kangaroos.
“The cull was undertaken humanely in accordance with a strict Code of Practice. The ACT Government chief veterinary officer undertook spot checks during the program. Auditing results demonstrated 100% compliance with the Code of Practice.
“We also used 454 of the culled kangaroos to make baits to use in our wild dog and fox control programs.”