Council aim is to protect wildlife

EMUS and other wildlife in North St Mary's Wianamatta Park should be guaranteed protection, Penrith councillors declared last week.

Last year Cr Prue Car expressed fears about a planned transfer of some emus from the park and asked Penrith Council officers to report on the matter.

"This has sparked some passion in the community because they live around the macro fauna in the old ADI site," Cr Car told the council.

"They love the fact they can raise their families where they see emus and kangaroos."

Last year the Office of Environment and Heritage granted a licence to the company, Lend Lease, to remove two emus from the park.

The council report said: "The licence for emu removal was made for two individual emus which had repeatedly escaped from the site."

The company told the council it requested the birds' relocation because their constant wandering onto nearby roads endangered motorists as well as themselves.

However, Penrith mayor Ross Fowler wrote to Environment Minister Robyn Parker that the council had not been informed about this.

On December 17, Ms Parker informed the mayor no further emu removals would take place before the community was consulted.

The council said it aims to maintain a viable population of emus and kangaroos within Wianamatta Park and called on the government to do the same.

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