WINDRADYNE WHISPERER: Hungry for a roo solution?

NUMBERS GAME: The community needs to get behind kangaroo culls, according to an ecologist from the University of Adelaide. So what does that mean for Bathurst's roos?

NUMBERS GAME: The community needs to get behind kangaroo culls, according to an ecologist from the University of Adelaide. So what does that mean for Bathurst's roos?

WELL, I rest my case. 

On Sunday, the ABC News ran a headline story, "Bigger appetite for kangaroo meat needed to rein in booming roo numbers".

They must have read my last column where I suggested an annual roo cull on the Mount to be followed by a roo burger sale to race fans. 

It appears veteran ecologist, Associate Professor David Paton, from the University of Adelaide, shares my vision, because he was reported as saying the community needed to get behind kangaroo culls in certain regions and consuming roo meat would ensure the carcasses were not wasted.

“It's not the kangaroos’ fault they're abundant, it's probably we've been too reluctant to take a stick to them, remove them out of the system sooner, to actually prevent the damage [to the biodiversity] being caused,” he said.  

Maybe our local ecologists need to get in contact with the Adelaide professor for a dose of common-sense. 

Australia's largest roo meat exporter Macro Meats states the roo meat industry is Australia's best renewable resource.

There were 4.7 million roos shot commercially in Australia last year. Here in Bathurst, however, we waste tens of thousands of ratepayers’ dollars relocating roos.

Sounds like change 

THE new sound of Supercars racing will be on display at the upcoming Bathurst 1000 when the Red Bull Holden Racing Team will have what is curiously called a “Sandman Promotion”. 

A panel van test car running the new spec twin turbo Chev engine which will be used by Holden teams from 2019 will conduct two 10-minute track sessions. 

This promotion is simply a clandestine test session, but I'm sure Supercars and Holden will be eagerly appraising the support from the punters.

Of particular interest will be the sound, as twin turbos historically sound very "tinny" and are not liked by the V8 crowd.

Not in a hurry

A CUSTOMER of mine was given a referral by her local GP to see a specialist in Orange last week. She jumped on the phone as soon as she returned home, having endured pain for some months. 

A pleasant medical receptionist indicated the first available appointment was in mid-April 2018 - almost eight months away.

Maybe that doctor needs to play less golf during the week.

And what about 2020?

I’LL wait until next week to comment on the local government elections when numbers are finalised. 

While there are some surprises, and some of those surprises will create a few more surprises as the new mob settle in, I can't see too many dramatic changes in how the HMAS Bathurst is steered.

I do, however, suspect all three and possibly five re-elected councillors will not run again in 2020.

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FRESH faces on Bathurst Regional Council. A few returning councillors have lost significant voter support, though.

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REGIONAL NSW continuing to miss out on much-needed rainfall – and forecasts don't look encouraging.

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