Jimboomba landowner Scott Nicholls blames land clearing for crop damage

HUNDREDS of kangaroos completely destroyed the winter barley crop growing on a Jimboomba property bordering the Riverton residential development on Cusack Lane this year.

ON THE MOVE: Jimboomba landowner Scott Nicholls is seeking solutions to protect his income after kangaroos destroyed his barley crop this year.

ON THE MOVE: Jimboomba landowner Scott Nicholls is seeking solutions to protect his income after kangaroos destroyed his barley crop this year.

Scott Nicholls, who has lived on his property for more than 20 years, said he has been left tens of thousands out of pocket since developer AV Jennings commenced land clearing at Riverton.

"The kangaroos have nowhere to live so they come onto my property. I have seen 200 of them in my paddock," he said.

"I used to run a bull stud in there and brought tourists in to show them the kangaroos. Now they are ruining my crop.

"That is three businesses down and a considerable amount of money I can't afford to throw away."

An AV Jennings spokesperson rejected Mr Nicholls' claim that land clearing was exacerbating the migration of kangaroos onto his property.

"We have met with and have had multiple communications with Mr Nicholls about his claim and feel confident he understands our position which is that we do not accept his claim," the spokesperson said.

"Kangaroos roam freely throughout properties in the area, including the Riverton site.

"Given how dry it has been in the area, an unfenced irrigated crop is likely to be attractive to local fauna."

Mr Nicholls said it would take several years of growing his crop to recoup the $40,000 required to securely fence his paddock.

He said a kangaroo cull was the last thing he wanted to pursue and called on AV Jennings and Logan City Council help him find a solution to protect his income.

"It has gotten to the point where nobody has any suggestions or solutions," he said.

"If I cull them I would be the biggest bastard in Jimboomba."

A Logan City Council spokesperson said there were opportunities for Mr Nicholls through their Conservation Incentives Program.

"Conservation Incentives Program officers attended the property in September and October this year to discuss conservation actions and to discuss the potential to support the owner in planting additional trees on the property," the spokesperson said.

"Property owners who enter into a conservation agreement have access to financial and officer support to assist with conservation actions on the property."

Logan City Council has also started work to install virtual fencing on Cusack Lane from Henderson Creek to the Payne Bridge.

Virtual fencing emits low level sound to deter kangaroos from approaching fenced off areas and aims to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.

It is expected to be complete by the end of this month

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