Trial fertility control project to assist in kangaroo population management

Released 14/05/2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced that, alongside the yearly conservation cull of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, this year one site will be made available for a potential fertility control trial of up to 500 kangaroos.

"The ACT Government has a responsibility to protect the biodiversity of the Canberra Nature Park by managing the population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and minimising the impact of heavy grazing on other native fauna and flora," said Mr Rattenbury.

"However, it is important that the ACT Government continues to investigate non-lethal alternatives to reduce the population of Eastern Greys and protect the biodiversity of Canberra's nature reserves.

"I have excluded one site from the cull program to allow for a project proposal to be developed for fertility control of up to 500 kangaroos.

"Gungaderra Nature Reserve has been selected due to its relative lack of permeability, (i.e. it is relatively land-locked by major roads) which will allow greater accuracy in determining the effectiveness of the project.

"The ACT Government has received an outline for a trial fertility control project. The proposal will still need to undergo relevant government approvals before it can go ahead.

"Following last year's ACAT hearing in relation to the ACT Government's 2013 kangaroo cull licences, ACAT recommended that the ACT kangaroo counts and methodology be verified by an independent expert.  The ACT Government has since undertaken an independent peer review of how cull numbers are determined, which supported the ACT Government's continuation of kangaroo management activities this year.

The peer review can be found at:

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