A Liberal Nationals government would allow a kangaroo pet food industry to develop, the parties have announced this week.
The current trial program, using culled kangaroos where they have become a nuisance, would become permanent.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the Liberal Nationals will also expand the program to take in other areas where kangaroo numbers are out-of-control.
“The kangaroo pet food industry doesn’t need another extension, it needs certainty,” Mr Walsh said.
“Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government refuse to support this fledgling industry and the jobs it’s created.’’
Since the trial was established by the former Liberal Nationals government in 2014, about 87,000 kangaroo carcasses, that would have otherwise been discarded, have been processed.
Currently, the trial is restricted to 16 regional LGAs, but the Liberal Nationals’ plan would expand it to all rural and regional LGAs.
According to VFF Livestock president Leonard Vallance, the growing kangaroo population has a detrimental impact on not only agriculture but also native flora and fauna, leaving little shelter for other animals, reptiles, birds and insects.
‘‘The kangaroo pet food industry is a means of managing the kangaroo population at a sustainable and viable level in a regulated environment,’’ Mr Vallance said.