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Kiwis collar roos

WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S environment department has selected a New Zealand company to provide 30 high-tech collars worth a combined $120,000 to track Western Grey Kangaroos, without going to tender.

Photo: ‘SeanMack’, from Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic licence.

The Voice of the South has learned that on April 5 the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions awarded the supply contract to Sirtrak Limited of Havelock North in New Zealand.

DBCA awarded the 30-collar, $120,000 contract to the Kiwi company on a sole-provider basis.

The satellite collars with GPS functionality will be attached to Western Grey Kangaroos weighing between 15 and 60 kg.

In Canberra, researchers have used Sirtrak collars to record the movement of Eastern Grey Kangaroos around the Australian War Memorial.

The department was asked for what specific purpose and in which locations the kangaroos would be collared, and why it did not test the market, but did not respond by deadline.

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  1. From what I understand these collars are to be used for the kangaroos located on land owned by developer, Spatial Group in Baldivis. Lobbying of members of parliament as well as local politicians has resulted in the decision to undertake relocation of the roo’s rather than the culling that was previously proposed. I understand that the move needs to progress quickly in order to take advantage of the season which may well have had something to do with the requirement to source the collars urgently and therefore DBCA would have been unable to source the goods via their ordinary procurement process. The relocation and proposed monitoring of the kangaroos is a decision that both DBCA & the Developer are (in my opinion) to be congratulated on.

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