Emu community consultations

Two community workshops are being held to discuss the fate of emus on the former St Marys ADI site.

The first session will be held tonight (Tuesday, January 28).

The two-hour workshop will address the management of emus and kangaroos and the future of the 900-hectare Wianamatta Regional Park. 

The transfer of 836.5 hectares of Lend Lease-owned land to National Parks and Wildlife originally agreed on 13 years ago is also on the agenda.

A second workshop, to be held next Tuesday, February 4 will involve group discussions on emu management.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker put a temporary stop on the removal of 27 emus from

the ADI site last month due to a lack of community consultation.

Western Sydney Conservation Alliance president Geoff Brown called for Londonderry MP Bart Bassett and state ministers to address the conservation of emus and the land transfer.

‘‘It’s not looking good for the emus,’’ Mr Brown said. 

‘‘The government needs to make the decisions. Lend Lease has 900 hectares but say they can’t sustain 27 emus.’’

Mr Bassett wants the emus to remain at the site.

‘‘This issue has dragged on for too long and there needs to be a firm timetable for all stakeholders,’’ his spokesman said.

The workshops will be at Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre in Brookfield Avenue from


Details: 4572 3100 or helen.ord@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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