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KIAA Newsletter

December 2019

Welcome to the the KIAA newsletter. The spotlight has been on kangaroos over the past few months. In this issue, we look at the future of commercial harvesting in the light of new population data in Western Australia, policy change in Victoria and a harvest suspension in Queensland. We also highlight a successful promotional event in Ireland and give you the latest on the Code of Practice.

Spotlight on kangaroos across the country

There has been a lot of buzz around the kangaroo industry in the second half of the year. Booms and busts in kangaroo numbers from state to state have caused different reactions, but public sentiment is starting to sway in favour of the industry.
 

Western Australia

New population data released by the State Government in October showed western grey kangaroos had doubled and red kangaroos quadrupled in number from 2014 to 2018. This saw calls for the expansion of the commercial kangaroo industry in that part of the country. Our chair Ray Borda spoke to journalists in his role as CEO of Macro Meats to explain the need for collaboration between the industry, government and pastoralists in WA to ensure a consistency in the supply of kangaroos if the industry was to expand into the state.
 

Victoria

The Victorian Government announced on 1 October that the Kangaroo Pet Food Trial would be replaced by the permanent Kangaroo Harvest program, which would allow accredited shooters to harvest a certain number of kangaroos and have the carcasses processed for pet food by licensed businesses. It is seen as a way for farmers to control kangaroo numbers on their properties, minimise waste and make some extra money.
 

Queensland

A ban was put on the kangaroo harvest in the central south zone of Queensland affecting the shires of Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Flinders, Longreach, McKinlay, Richmond, Winton, Bulloo, Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie. Kangaroo numbers reached the population trigger points for harvest quotas, leading to a suspension of the harvest in specific areas. Commercial harvest quotas have been adjusted across the country for 2020 due to severe drought conditions.
The Australian Ambassador to Ireland Richard Andrews selected four chefs from the National Indigenous Culinary Institute, Joshua Moore, David Gray and Sam and Luke Bourke, for the opportunity to cook in Ireland.

Aboriginal chefs showcase kangaroo in Ireland

A group of chefs from Melbourne and Sydney travelled to Ireland in September to showcase their high-end cooking using native Australian ingredients and cooking methods at the Taste of West Cork food festival. The event was a huge success.

The menu included pepper-crusted wallaby with blackberry, beetroot and murnong (yam daisy) mash, and kangaroo burgers with lemon myrtle and bush tomato chutney.

Revised Code on public notification
The review of the ‘National code of practice for the humane shooting of kangaroos and wallabies for commercial purposes', which was published in 2008, has been completed and signed off by the Minister. The review was done by the Project Reference Group formed by AgriFutures Australia and included industry representatives.

The revised Code is now open for public consultation until midnight Sunday, 22 December 2019. The feedback will help to shape the final code, which will be provided to state and territory governments for their noting and endorsement.

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