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.
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.