A BATHURST councillor says it is time to consider a new cull of kangaroos on Mount Panorama to keep numbers down.
Councillor Warren Aubin says it is time to put the contentious issue back on the agenda after an errant ’roo took out a Lamborghini racer during this year’s Bathurst 12-Hour at Mount Panorama.
That incident was the end of the line for the Roger Lago team’s entry and Cr Aubin fears the crash might turn international teams off the increasingly popular event.
There is also mounting tension with some residents of nearby Robin Hill who are so concerned about the impact the kangaroos are having on their quality of life that one man has threatened to take a gun to them himself.
“We have to do something to rid the place of the kangaroos – no ifs or buts about it,” Cr Aubin said yesterday.
“If we don’t and there continues to be accidents involving the ’roos during big events, we face the prospect of losing something which is one of the region’s major sources of income and biggest sporting attractions.
“We’re talking about an event like the Great Race that brings more than $70 million into the local economy each year.
“Council has spent a small fortune on the ’roo fencing to please the greenies and it’s just not working. It’s time to look at other measures and if that means culling, so be it.
“We are elected to council to make tough decisions and this is one of those. No matter what call you make, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
“Kangaroos aren’t exactly an endangered species either. Just go into Coles and buy yourself a juicy ’roo steak which comes courtesy of culling.”
Cr Aubin intends to raise the issue as a matter of urgency at council’s next policy committee meeting on March 5.
And his views are supported by nearby resident Warren Taylor, who has lived in Monteve Crescent at Robin Hill for more than 20 years.
His home is just off Boundary Road, only a hop, skip and a jump from Mount Panorama.
He says the kangaroos are now in plague proportions and is backing Cr Aubin’s call for action.
“My backyard’s full of the bastards and I’ve had enough,” he said. “My grandkids are too frightened to go down there to see the horses because of the kangaroos. Some of the bucks are huge and they don’t budge an inch. They look at you with complete contempt.
“I can get so close I can throw house bricks at them, but if something’s not done I can tell you now I will start shooting them. I don’t care what the do-gooder greenies think. They’ve taken over my place and it’s got to stop.
“At any given time you can find upwards of 13 of them right on my back doorstep and they’re not frightened of you. They also make the place stink because they [defecate] everywhere.”
Mr Taylor said that at least once a week there will be a dead kangaroo on Boundary Road after hitting a car.
“And it’s only a matter of time before a race driver is killed at Mount Panorama after hitting a ’roo at top speed ... no matter how much fencing you put up,” he said.