Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Push for kangaroo warning at Morisset

BY LAUREN FREEMANTLE

Lake Macquarie MP, Greg Piper, is calling for multi-lingual signs to be erected around Morisset Hospital that warn of the dangers of feeding kangaroos.

It comes after several attacks against visitors who were clawed and grappled, with one man requiring 17 stitches in his face and another suffering a deep wound in his belly.

Greg Piper says the grounds of the hospital have become a tourist hotspot, with online advertising promoting the area as a cheap and highly recommended day trip for overseas visitors wanting to see kangaroos.

"It's become very popular and very widely known through social media," he said, "and I don't know how we can turn that around, that's unrealistic.

"But let's step up and do a bit more to make sure everyone who visits stays safe; ensuring their safety and the kangaroos,'" he said.

He's concerned about potential health risks associated with the wild animals coming into contact with hospital patients and staff.

Mr Piper believes tourists should be educated, not driven away from the area completely.

"It's understandable they want to do it - they're guests in our country and they want to see an Australian icon.

"I would like to see them treated as guests..."

The MP has delivered a private member's statement to NSW parliament, calling for collaboration between Lake Macquarie Council, Hunter New England Health and National Parks and wildlife to find a solution.

OUCH! This woman was attacked by an unfriendly roo at Morisset. Image: News.com.au

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