Remote haven chosen as emus' new home

A PUBLIC meeting will be held this Thursday to protest the removal of 27 emus from the former St Marys ADI site.

Lend Lease has obtained a National Parks and Wildlife licence to relocate the emus to sites with native bushland habitats and the infrastructure necessary for the safe, careful and humane handling of emus.

Repeated vandalism of the boundary fence was cited as the reason.

Emus will be relocated three or four birds at a time to ensure their welfare and safety.

During the past 12 months emus have been spotted along Dunheved and Forrester Roads, in Whalan Reserve, Werrington and Ropes Crossing.

"There has been a growing need to relocate the emus to a remote and safe location as a result of an increase in incidents of vandalism to the boundary fence," Lend Lease regional development manager Arthur Ilias said.

"This vandalism has allowed emus to enter public roads where they are a hazard to both themselves and the public.

"A fully accredited and experienced vet will supervise all capture and transport and will ensure animal welfare is addressed and maintained throughout all aspects of the relocation process."

A National Parks and Wildlife spokesman wouldn't reveal the new NSW relocations.

"The relocation is subject to strict conditions imposed by NPWS, including veterinary supervision and continued monitoring of the animals," he said.

Penrith Greens councillor Michelle Tormey was saddened by the news.

She recently called for a report about the feral animals on the ADI site attacking kangaroos.

"Vandalism was a contributing factor to emus escaping," Cr Tormey said.

"But it's concerning other contributing problems haven't been addressed such as the feral animals on the site.

"Lend Lease are responsible for macrofauna on the site and they may think relocating emus means they won't have to worry about them.

"People have told the council they wanted us to protect our natural areas.

"Council needs to pressure Lend Lease to ensure the safety of macrofauna and the community on site."

The public meeting will be held this Thursday (December 19), 5.30pm at Jim Anderson Park, Greenbank Drive, Werrington Downs.

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