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Mixed response to kangaroo harvesting quota

THE 2021 quota allocation for Victoria’s Kangaroo Harvesting Program has risen by nearly 40,000 due to an increase in kangaroo population.

Agriculture minister, Mary-Anne Thomas said it was estimated the current population was up almost 40 per cent compared to 2018.

“It’s important that kangaroo numbers are sustainably managed in Victoria to reduce impacts on landholders and the community,” she said.

“This program provides a service to farmers and an income to trained professional shooters.

“The changes to how products generated from the Kangaroo Harvesting Program can be used gives more options to harvesters and processors to make use of these animals and reduce waste – and create more jobs in country towns.”

The State Government said to reduce waste and boost economic opportunities, extra meat would be made available for human consumption.

To be part of the program, harvesters must be authorised, hold a firearm licence and be accredited in firearm proficiency and game harvesting.

Lowan MP, Emma Kealy welcomed the announcement and said it had been a long time coming.

“This is great for locals and fantastic for local landholders and shooters who have been pushing for this for a long time and it’s definitely a great starting point,” she said.

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