Kangaroos ‘taller than men’ are terrorising small Outback communities in drought-ravaged south-west Queensland.
The thirsty marsupials are said to have reached plague proportions in some areas and the situation is so bad in remote Barcoo Shire that the council there has applied for funding to build a giant fence to keep the hopping menace at bay.
Mayor Julie Groves says the barrier is need to protected the villages of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah, which are ‘under siege’ from hungry, thirsty and, potentially, aggressive kangaroos.
“The sheer numbers, you can drive around and you’ll see a mob of kangaroos and you lose count after 120 or 130, they are in plague proportions,” Cr Groves told the Brisbane Times. “We’re talking about ‘roos taller than most men. We appreciate they are starving but you have to keep the little kids and older people safe.”
Cr Groves said the shire would apply to the federal government for up to $800,000 to erect approximately 55 kilometres of vermin proof fencing around the three towns, as well as around vital infrastructure such as sporting grounds, schools and cemeteries.
“I know the great majority of people think kangaroos are great but they become aggressive, the claws on their toes, people don’t seem to realise they can rip you open if they jump at you and attack,” she told the Brisbane Times. “That’s why we took the step.”