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Walsh: Kangaroo pet food industry needs certainty

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March 01, 2018

A LIBERAL Nationals government will give Victoria’s emerging kangaroo pet food industry certainty and make the current trial program permanent, according to Peter Walsh.

A LIBERAL Nationals government will give Victoria’s emerging kangaroo pet food industry certainty and make the current trial program permanent, according to Peter Walsh.

Mr Walsh, the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, said his party would also expand the program to take in other areas where kangaroo numbers were out of control.

He said the industry had been dogged by uncertainty, with the Victorian Government failing to commit to the program.

Since the trial was established by the former Liberal Nationals government in 2014, about 87,000 kangaroo carcasses (which would have otherwise been discarded) have been processed.

Currently, the trial is restricted to 16 regional local government areas (LGA), but the Liberal Nationals’ plan would expand it to all rural and regional LGAs.

A permanent program would align with the guidelines of the existing trial and would not change the requirement for Authority to Control Wildlife permits to be issued for any kangaroos used as pet food.

“The kangaroo pet food industry doesn’t need another extension, it needs certainty,” Mr Walsh said.

“Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government refuse to support this fledgling industry and the jobs it’s created.

“Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals are committed to helping Victorian farmers, making sure processors have confidence to invest in the industry and supporting existing and future jobs.”

Mr Walsh said the Liberal Nationals would give industry certainty, even if Labor refused to make the trial permanent when it expires at the end of March.

“In plague numbers, kangaroos cause extensive damage to fences, compete with domestic animals for food and water and trample crops,” Mr Walsh said.

“The kangaroo pet food trial has proven this creates jobs in regional Victoria and it makes use of a resource that would otherwise rot in paddocks.

“The Andrews Labor Government isn’t prepared to guarantee this industry’s future, but the Liberal Nationals will.”

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