Submission to the NSW Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the Health of the NSW Macropod Population

SEI researchers have contributed a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the Health of the NSW Macropod Population, which is assessing the current status of kangaroo and wallaby health.

The inquiry comes after the state’s native kangaroo population dropped by nearly 40% over the past five years, according to annual survey data from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). This decline could be due to drought and bushfire reducing availability to food, water and shelter. The inquiry will also consider whether methods of culling kangaroos, which are often considered a pest on private land, are humane.

Authors:

Professor Rosemary Lyster, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

Professor Danielle Celermajer, Sydney Environment Institute

Professor Glenda M. Wardle, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney.

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