The incremental progression of the Pelican Waters Masterplan is approaching the final stages of implementation. Through this process, an area of land east of Maclamond Drive has become surrounded by residential housing to the north, west and east with estuarine systems and associated mangroves to the south. Unfortunately, a population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos have effectively become isolated within the area. Expert assessment has determined that this area is unsuitable for a population of this size for the following key reasons;
- The area does not contain sufficient foraging sources, shelter or protection from predators,
- The isolation of the area does not provide sufficient linkage to the broader population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos which has the potential to lead to inbreeding issues in the future,
- The current use of the area as a construction site is not a safe environment for the Kangaroo population, &
- The isolation of the area has led to animals attempting to exit the site via the residential areas. This presents a high risk for vehicle collision and negative interactions between residents (i.e. Kangaroo attacks.) which is a serious safety concern.
Pelican Waters engaged expert macropod specialists – Biodiversity Australia to undertake the required management of this population. Since this time, Biodiversity Australia’s ecologists have worked closely with the QLD Government – Department of Environment and Science to undertake a thorough assessment of the population, the surrounds and other potential homes for these animals. The key aims of this assessment have been to maintain the highest ethical standards for the Kangaroo population as well as ensure the long-term safety and welfare of both the Kangaroo population and the community.
We are very happy to announce that the team at Biodiversity Australia have been successful in developing a State Government approved management plan which will ensure the long-term welfare of these Kangaroos. This will be achieved by implementing industry-leading methods to humanely and ethically translocate the population to a more suitable location within the Sunshine Coast local government area. Whilst it was the intention of Pelican Waters to
translocate the Kangaroo population to the purpose-built rehabilitation area near Lamerough Creek, the risks associated with this site (i.e. proximity to the airport) are considered too great at this point in time.”
In more recent times we have recorded evidence of Wild Dogs and Foxes entering the site containing the Kangaroos which has unfortunately led to a number of animals suffering injury and death. Domestic dogs have also been seen chasing kangaroos. We have engaged Council pest officers to monitor and provide control where necessary. In addition, Biodiversity Australia will be fast-tracking the implementation of translocation works as the welfare of the animals can no longer be guaranteed within the Pelican Waters site. Biodiversity Australia ecologists will be on site periodically over the next four weeks as they work to ensure the long-term safety of these animals and the residents of Pelican Waters. Whilst Biodiversity Australia is more than happy to answer any queries that stakeholders may have, we ask that you allow the team at Biodiversity Australia to undertake these specialist works without interference as seemingly insignificant actions from the general public could cause significant complications in the sensitive translocation process.