As residents or visitors to Anglesea, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful bushland with abundant native wildlife. Anglesea is famous for its kangaroos which can be observed grazing peacefully on the Anglesea Golf Course.
Unfortunately, our kangaroos and joeys can be killed by cars and dogs particularly in the vicinity of the golf course and Great Ocean Road.
On the road, speed is the major cause for concern. High speed means there is not enough time to slow or brake for a kangaroo crossing ahead.
Dogs of all sizes can panic kangaroos, causing them to bolt across roads and toss out pouch young. Unattended dogs have also been responsible for mauling kangaroos.
You can help protect our kangaroos by:
- Slowing down on local roads, especially between dusk and mid-morning when roos are most active. Take special care around Anglesea Golf Course and on the following streets:
- McMahon Avenue
- Noble Street
- Golf Links Road
- Fairway Drive
- The Great Ocean Road between:
- Forest Road and the Torquay turn-off
- Near Painkalac Creek, Aireys Inlet
- Forest Road
- Dogs are prohibited on the Anglesea Golf Course at all times.
- Report dogs on the course to the Golf Club office on 5263 1582 or superintendent 5263 2186
- Never allow your dog to roam unattended. Tough penalties do apply. Report roaming dogs to the Surf Coast Shire on 5261 0600
- Walk your pet well away from the vicinity of kangaroos at all times
- Keep you dogs and cats in at night. This is safer for native wildlife and your pets
- Always maintain a safe distance when watching kangaroos or other wildlife
Help for sick and injured wildlife
- Call Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary, 24 hours a day on 5254 2484
- Never try to pick up or assist a roo yourself. This is stressful to the animal and could be dangerous to you
- If you find a dead female roo on a roadside, check the pouch for a joey. Remove the joey and wrap firmly in a blanket, towel or clothing. Keep in a warm room away from noise and pets. Contact Jirrahlinga immediately for assistance as joeys need specialist care.
- Report the location of dead kangaroos or other wildlife to the Surf Coast Shire on 5261 0600.
Further information is available in this brochure.