Concern for kangaroo safety
A Mudjimba woman, traumatised by witnessing the deaths of two adult kangaroos struck by cars outside the Hyatt Coolum last week, claims the resort has a “duty of care” to protect the animals that live there.
Jaylene Musgrave said the Hyatt promoted the wildlife experience in its advertising but did not adequately provide for the kangaroos’ safety.
“As the Hyatt promotes their wildlife in their literature as part of the resort’s experience, they have a duty of care to protect it,” she said.
Ms Musgrave said her two young nieces and nephew were still traumatised by what occurred last Friday at dusk while driving south on David Low Way.
“We were driving back from Coolum after going to the park and saw a kangaroo, that had obviously been struck by a car, in the middle of the lanes,” she said.
“As I went to get it off the road, cars were swerving and very nearly hitting me. The kids were screaming and it took me ages. I had blood all over my hands.”
Ms Musgrave said a few days earlier she had informed Hyatt Regency Coolum staff that one kangaroo was foraging far too close to the roadway.
She said that on her return from driving her husband Adam to work she found the same kangaroo had been struck heavily, but was still alive.
Despite her efforts and a trip to the vet, the kangaroo had to be put down.
Ms Musgrave said she had received a written reply to her own letter from the Hyatt Regency Coolum saying it had been advised by the Environmental Protection Agency that fencing structures would only create in-breeding within kangaroo “mobs”.
Hyatt Regency Coolum landscape manager Daniel Jamieson said EPA representatives had spent three to four hours at their premises three weeks ago addressing the issue.
Mr Jamieson said the EPA was happy with the open landscape because it allowed a number of different kangaroo “mobs” to come and go.
“We certainly like the environment that our golf course provides,” he said
“The complaint (of kangaroos being struck) is not a common one.”
Mr Jamieson said Hyatt management was yet to receive a reply from the council about the resort’s request for animal crossing signs and a reduced 60kmh speed limit.
He said anyone who saw a kangaroo carcass or a potentially dangerous kangaroo on the resort’s David Low Way frontage could call him on 5446 1234.