Rob Ticehurst

Kangaroo chaos

Kangaroos are causing chaos on local roads.

Rob Ticehurst, of Rob Ticehurst Smash Repairs Condobolin, has seen an increase in car damage across the Condobolin area as a result of collisions with kangaroos. MB

 

By Melissa Blewitt

Kangaroos are causing chaos on local roads.

NRMA Insurance has revealed 80 per cent of animal collisions on NSW roads involve kangaroos, with the number of animal-related crashes peaking during July and August

Condobolin has had 170 animal-related crashes in the past three calendar years, with 69 occurring in 2014.

Forbes (174) and Parkes (202) had a larger number of overall incidents, however, Condobolin had more crashes in 2014 than both of them, with the towns recording 49 and 45 in that year.

Rob Ticehurst, of Rob Ticehurst Smash Repairs Condobolin, said he has seen an increase in crashes involving kangaroos over the past six months.

“I have definately seen an increase [in kangaroo related crashes],” he said. “I am seeing at least two cars per week in my shop with damage as a result of kangaroos.

“They [kangaroos] can cause enough damage to write off a car. Their numbers have increased and with shorter daylight hours the risk of hitting a kangaroo increases.”

Smaller towns across the region fared somewhat better with Lake Cargelligo recording 69 in the past three calendar years, with Trundle (37), Ungarie (22), Tullamore (32), Bogan Gate (19), Tottenham (34), Tullibigeal (18), Albert (18), Burcher (9), Yarrabandai (9), Ootha (3), Bedgerabong (4), Warroo (1), Kiacatoo (1), Derriwong (1), and Fifield (1).

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