Golfers take walk on wild side

COLONIAL Golf Club owner Paul Jones doesn't mind kangaroos and emus making themselves at home on his newly restored club grounds in Werrington.

He encourages them.

"We want to conserve wildlife and create a sanctuary," he said.

Mr Jones spoke at last Monday night's Penrith Council meeting, when Greens councillor Michelle Tormey called for a report on the recent escape of emus from the former ADI site.

Lend Lease, which manages the site, has been working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to return the emus, which continue to escape.

Mr Jones welcomes emus on his golf course but is concerned for their safety.

"They often walk across the road," he said. "People stop to take photos and as the emus' natural instinct is to run away, it pushes them on to the road."

He suggests soundproof fencing between the former ADI site and the land owned by the Department of Planning, where emus and kangaroos can wander as they please without coming into contact with traffic.

An emu Mr Jones has named Mango has been a regular visitor to the course.

"She's been coming and going each day for some time," Mr Jones said. "She knows where to find food and comes up to the shop. She's very placid and isn't shy with the customers."

Mr Jones has 60 kangaroos which stay in the back paddock.

"They know when we're closing, which is when they come on to the fairways," he said.

Mr Jones had this plea for motorists: "By all means, slow down and have a look but keep in mind they're wild animals."

What do you think of Mr Jones' ideas? Comment at stmarysstar.com.au.

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