Rangers take man's pet kangaroos

NATURE CONSERVATION ACT: Colin Candy has had his kangaroos removed from his Apple Tree Creek property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NATURE CONSERVATION ACT: Colin Candy has had his kangaroos removed from his Apple Tree Creek property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

AN APPLE Tree Creek man is planning to take further action after five pet kangaroos were confiscated from his property.

Colin Candy said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers came to his property at 7.30am yesterday with a warrant to take his pets away.

"It took them five hours to catch the kangaroos because I wouldn't help them," he said.

Mr Candy said he had had the kangaroos at his property since July 2009.

"I don't know what the reason was for taking them away," he said.

"I was just keeping them as pets."

Mr Candy said he wanted the law changed so anybody who found an injured animal would be able to take it home and look after it

"I want to make it so people can keep native animals as pets," he said.

Mr Candy said he planned to write to the Director-General of the Environment and Heritage Protection Department and Premier Campbell Newman and ask for the return of his kangaroos.

"They were in a good home here," he said.

"The chances are they'll die because they stress when they don't have people they're familiar with around them."

Mr Candy said kangaroos were slaughtered by the thousands in farmers' paddocks, but he couldn't keep some as pets.

"They don't bark, they don't annoy the neighbours, and they don't bite people," he said.

Mr Candy has a history of clashes with the authorities over his bid to keep pet kangaroos.

Last year he failed in a High Court bid to reverse a Court of Appeal ruling over a pet kangaroo taken from his property.

An Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman confirmed wildlife officers had removed five red kangaroos from a property near Childers.

He said the department alleged the kangaroos were being kept in contravention of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

"Under the Act, members of the public can be approved wildlife handlers, carers and rehabilitators but there is no provision for taking or keeping kangaroos or wallabies with a view to domesticating them," he said.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Witnesses claim couple were 'thrown' from car after crash

Ambulance generic

The crash happened about 2pm with no injuries reported

Woman taken to hospital after crash

Woman taken to hospital in stable condition

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track