Exclusion fencing was erected around Gulugaba State School by the community to keep out kangaroos and the ticks they carry.
Exclusion fencing was erected around Gulugaba State School by the community to keep out kangaroos and the ticks they carry. Lisa Kleidon

Roos tick off rural school

GULUGABA State School has long been visited by a local mob of kangaroos but, when they began to bring along some unwelcome visitors, the community decided to act by fencing in the school and keeping out the visitors.

Last Thursday, the Guluguba community erected a 1.5m tall, 400m long exclusion fence around the entire length of the school to stop kangaroos, and the ticks they harbour, from hopping in.

P&C committee member Amie Pierce said it had been a major problem for the school.

"The roos come into the school, they wreck our oval and last year, when it was really dry, they brought in a lot of ticks with them, which wasn't very good for the kids,” she said.

The fencing project, which has taken six months, was erected with the help of local businesses and 40 members of the community.

"It's a pretty big project to be done by such a small school, with only 13 kids at the school,” Mrs Pierce said.

"The community itself is a strong community, if there's something on, everyone gets behind it and supports it.

"Exclusion fencing, it's popular out west where the roos are a big problem out there but it's pretty new here so I think that's why everyone was quite interested to have a look at it,” she said.

"It's a pretty big thing.

"I'm certain we're the only school in this region which has fully exclusion-fenced our grounds.”