Court denies man right to keep roo he rescued and raised

A HERVEY Bay man has lost his latest appeal to keep a pet kangaroo his daughter raised from a joey, after finding the roo's mother dead on a road at Mitchell in Western Queensland.

Colin Raymond Candy took his decade-long battle to the Court of Appeal and argued his red kangaroo, named Mitchell, was not a protected species and his property was not a protected area.

Mr Candy argued the red kangaroo had been declared a pest and could be killed as game for sale as meat.

He also argued the kangaroo was his property and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers "stole" him from his home in 2001.

Mr Candy told the court the kangaroo would come to his name, even when they were out in the bush for the day.

He initially had a permit to look after the orphaned joey but did not seek a new permit when that expired.

Mr Candy took the Court of Appeal justices to the Native Title Act, Fauna Conservation Act, Meat Industry Act, the Rural Lands Protection Act, Animals Protection Act and sections of the Queensland Parliament Hansard record.

Justice Anthe Philippides, in a judgment handed down in the Court of Appeal on Friday, said the decision to dismiss a judicial review of the original red kangaroo permit refusal was sound.

"None of the matters raised by the appellant by way of other legislation or other matters are of any substance whatsoever and no basis has been demonstrated for departing from the above decision as wrong in law," she said.


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