Eastern grey Kangaroos are an appealing and iconic feature
of the Australian bush but as urban areas grow throughout the Coffs Harbour
Local Government Area, more people are coming into contact with these wild,
powerful and sometimes unpredictable animals.
A Kangaroo Management Plan is being developed to help people
and kangaroos live safely together in Coffs Harbour. The plan aims to reduce
negative interactions between people and kangaroos by empowering people with
the knowledge and strategies to live safely alongside kangaroos.
Several government agencies and interested individuals are
collaborating to develop the plan as part of a kangaroo management steering
committee including Coffs Harbour City Council, the National Parks &
Wildlife Service, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES),
University of New England, residents, wildlife veterinarians and others.
The steering committee is committed to community
consultation in the development of the plan. As a first step, the University of New England has engaged an
Honours student to implement a community survey through the online site Survey
Monkey. The survey has been tailored to learn more about Coffs Harbour residents
values, attitudes and concerns in relation to kangaroos, and to collect
information about kangaroo populations and movement.
The survey is open to all members of the community; it takes
just 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed from the link below.