Kangaroos

Male kangaroo

Kangaroos can be found in some suburbs of the Moreton Bay region, including on the margins of our urban areas. Like all native wildlife, kangaroos are protected by law under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Kangaroos are known to travel large distances between grassy foraging areas. Kangaroos are wild animals and should not be fed by humans as this can cause the kangaroos to:

  • approach humans for food, potentially endangering themselves
  • become dependent on humans for food
  • spread parasites through their faeces
  • become aggressive towards humans when they are hungry.

Kangaroos can also succumb to nutritional deficiencies when fed human food (such as bread) and this can lead to illness or death. Help keep our wildlife wild by not feeding kangaroos.

What is Council doing?

Council actively discourages the feeding of kangaroos, for the reasons listed above. If you are concerned about someone feeding kangaroos on council land, contact Council.

Council’s Green Infrastructure Network Delivery Program is proactive in the managing road safety for motorists and wildlife by constructing and installing wildlife movement infrastructure to re-establish ecological linkages unavoidably severed by roads. This includes construction of fauna underpasses to facilitate safe movement of kangaroos and wallabies, roadside exclusion fencing to mitigate traffic strikes, and wildlife road pavement stencils to warn drivers of areas of high wildlife crossings.

This infrastructure aims to:

  • reduce the risk of wildlife entering the road corridor
  • improve public safety by reducing driver distraction and collisions between wildlife and motorists
  • provide safe passage for wildlife across our major roads
  • deliver positive conservation outcomes.

What can residents do?

Provide nature food resources through planting native plants. Some of their favorites include:

Native grasses

  • Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass)
  • Oplismenus imbecillus (Pademelon Grass)
  • Austrodanthoniea induta (Wallaby Grass)
  • Austrodanthoniea tenuior (Wallaby Grass)
  • Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed Wire Grass)

Native ferns, herbs & shrubs

  • Woollsia pungens (Woolsia)
  • Persoonia virgata (Geebung)
  • Local Acacia spp. (Wattles)
  • Pteridium esculentum (Common Bracken)

Council runs a Voluntary conservation program which encourages the protection of native plants and animals on private land, to restore and improve wildlife habitat.

Bushcare is another program run by Council, which encourages volunteers to actively participate in working bees to improve local bushland.

When you are out and about enjoying the region with your four-legged friend they should be kept on a lead and only permitted off lead in the designated areas refer to dog parks and beaches in Moreton Bay Region.