It’s time for a life and death debate
DON’T expect it to take long for the howls of protest to begin.Councillor Warren Aubin has broken ranks with standing council policy to suggest there should be a cull of kangaroos on Mount Panorama.
But that is not to say that Bathurst Regional Council has always opposed such a move: a much-publicised cull back in 2009 sparked interest across the globe.
Back then, council engaged professional shooters to kill 140 kangaroos in the lead-up to that year’s Bathurst 1000.
Council, rightly, cited safety concerns as the reason for the cull.
Nobody liked the idea of shooting one of Australia’s national emblems, but council simply could not sit idly by knowing there was a very real threat of a kangaroo entering the race circuit.
But nor did council fully anticipate the backlash to the decision. Since then, cull has been a dirty word around the council chambers – until now.
Cr Aubin has put the issue back on the agenda after a luxury Lamborghini collided with a kangaroo during the recent Bathurst 12-Hour.
Those pictures were beamed around the world and Cr Aubin fears they may put off international teams considering taking part in future events.
And that seems a reasonable fear.
While there may be nothing that would stop V8 drivers wanting to tackle the Bathurst 1000 each year, the 12-Hour is a different proposition.
It is still a growing event and council can ill-afford bad publicity at this stage.
More importantly, though, is the reality that kangaroos do pose a serious threat to drivers.
All other measures to keep ’roo numbers down seem to have had little impact and so a new cull may be the only viable option.
It is not nice, but councillors are elected to take tough decisions. And Cr Aubin should be congratulated for doing just that.
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