Kangaroo exclusion top marks at Gulugaba

Gulugaba State School takes first place in kangaroo exclusion


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Schools throughout rural Queensland, including the Longreach State High School, pictured here, have struggled to keep kangaroos from damaging sporting fields and leaving ticks behind.

Schools throughout rural Queensland, including the Longreach State High School, pictured here, have struggled to keep kangaroos from damaging sporting fields and leaving ticks behind.

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Battles to keep kangaroos and the ticks they harbour away from facilities at the Gulugaba State School could be at an end.

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Battles to keep kangaroos and the ticks they harbour away from facilities at the Gulugaba State School could be at an end, thanks to a fencing initiative taking place on Thursday.

Guluguba State School P&C Association representative, Amie Pearce, said the school would become probably the first in the region to wholly enclose their grounds with an exclusion fence.

There are 13 students enrolled this year but the small band that makes up the P&C is being joined by members of the community to erect the final stages of the fence on Thursday.

In conjunction, there will be a demonstration day so that community members can get a firsthand look at the new fence.

“Exclusion fencing is quite popular out west but this is a particularly new thing in our area,” Amie said.

Landmark Wandoan, together with Waratah, have supplied the fencing materials for the school project and they will be demonstrating the latest in feral fencing technology, including posts, joiners and longlife wire.

Amie said the school had battled with kangaroo problems for a long time, saying they were causing major damage to the school’s oval as well as being a carrier of ticks.

“The neighbouring property to the school grounds is owned by New Hope Group and we were lucky enough to have them come on board and offer assistance with the cost of the fence,” she said. “This is a mighty big project to be undertaken by such a small school.”

The demonstration day begins at 10am and there will be a free barbecue lunch.

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