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Retiree sees off
Bill Murphy, 71, was confronted by a large kangaroo as he was walking
home from the Queanbeyan Golf Club.
Photo: Graham Tidy
It s only a short walk home from the
Queanbeyan Golf Club but since his
unnerving encounter with a kangaroo
last month Bill Murphy keeps his wits
Noticing a rather large kangaroo
grazing on the kerbside he decided to
give it a wide berth and walked down
the centre of the road.
"It was eyeing me off and started to
jump at me," he said.
"He leapt at me with obvious intent
but happily for me I had my umbrella
which probably saved me from injury."
The 71-year-old retiree boldly
lurched forward waving his umbrella
in the air to deter the animal.
Mr Murphy worked in the club s bar
for 22 years but said he had never seen
so many kangaroos as there had been
"Roos are now prolific on the golf
course and I think the numbers should
definitely be reduced."
He said he wasn t advocating any
particular method of population
control but felt the numbers in the
suburban areas had got out of hand.
Queanbeyan Golf Club chief
executive Glen Lloyd said safety was a
priority and there had been no
complaints about the 60-80 kangaroos
grazing on the course.
"When they are on the golf course
we don t have any problems with
them," he said.
"The bigger issue, which is more of
a council issue, is kangaroos venturing
out on to the roads.
There is a fence there but it is an
open space and they will make their
way to find food sources."
Mr Lloyd said wildlife was "par for
the course in Australia" but if safety
became an issue the club would
immediately call on Wildcare or NSW
National Parks and Wildlife to assist.
A Queanbeyan City Council
spokesman confirmed staff had
noticed a rise in kangaroo numbers.
There has been a slight increase in
numbers over winter due to available
feed in the area and as a result the
council has received a small number of
calls from residents, he said.
Council staff do not remove or
relocate kangaroos as they are a
protected native species and their
management was controlled by the
NSW National Parks and Wildlife
The spokesman urged residents to
Council s advice to residents is to
view from a distance and remember
that the kangaroos are wildlife and if
cornered or frightened may defend
themselves, he said.
As the season improves and days
get hotter, the kangaroos will most
likely return to the bush.
The ACT government plans to spend
$130,000 installing two Exeloo toilet
cubicles at a Fyshwick bus layover
station behind the Canberra Outlet
The proposal for the site, between
Tom Price and Iron Knob Streets,
indicates the 10 square metre ablution
block works will cost $70,000 and a
further $60,000 is slated for associated
and off-site works.
This is higher than usual due to the
length of new sewer, water and
electricity services required for the
toilet facility to operate, a Territory
and Municipal Services spokesman
The spokesman said the six figure
spend was a priority.
The Red Rapid route in the
ACTION Bus Network, which
provides rapid and reliable services
between Gungahlin and Fyshwick,
terminates at this location in
Fyshwick, he said.
Each day more than 50 buses stop
at this layover. This facility will
provide drivers with an opportunity to
take breaks between services.
The proposed site is also adjacent to
a park and ride which was completed
The spokesman said the costs were
in line with a similar project opposite
Lanyon Marketplace where the
installation of a toilet facility cost
$110,000, cheaper because of the
proximity to existing sewage, water
and electricity assets.
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