Local kangaroo survey

A HELICOPTER survey of kangaroo populations was recently carried out in the Bombala area by the State Office of Environment and Heritage’s Kangaroo Management Program. 

The funding for the survey was provided by Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and was organised by Landscape Manager, Mr Brett Miners.  

NSW Farmers Bombala/Delegate Branch President, Mrs Jan Walker welcomes the support of Mr Miners in assisting local farmers to get the survey “off the ground”.  

Nicole Payne, Manager of the Kangaroo Management Program in the Office of Environment and Heritage coordinated the survey. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with Brett and Nicole to achieve an aim farmers have been seeking for some time,” Mrs Walker said. 

“It is important that the community have reliable information to manage kangaroos for the best outcome. The helicopter survey can help with this because it will give a good estimate of numbers in the area, which can guide future decisions.

“A population count is one of the things needed to decide if the Bombala area should be included in a commercial harvest zone. This change would bring Bombala under the same management as the Cooma area and has been a goal of the local branch of NSW Farmers for some time. 

“The efforts of Mayor Bob Stewart of Bombala Council, Franz Peters the Bombala Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee and the South East Livestock Health and Pest Authority in supporting the survey is also appreciated.   

“NSW Farmers is looking forward to the outcome of the study which expected to be released later in the year,” Mrs Walker said.

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