Sir,- My wife and I have just seen the first of the wonderful two-part mini-series here in the UK on BBC2.
It was very poignant yet often very funny, and I write to express my amazement that the government of the Northern Territory is so unhelpful as mentioned in passing in the program and also in various on-line comments I have just seen, most of which are from fellow-Poms.
We earnestly hope that the government will reconsider their attitude and become more supportive – Brolga (pictured – he runs a one-man kangaroo rescue service in Alice Springs – ED] doesn’t seem to need loads of money, but a bit more practical help rather than obstruction would go a long way to restoring the government’s reputation which is seriously tarnished by this revelation.
For starters it would be good to see the government looking at the feasibility of introducing some measures of avoiding such dreadful roadkill carnage.
At this rate, what with the alarming rate of kangaroo roadkill and the consequent high death rate amongst orphaned joeys, our grandchildren may only get to see a kangaroo in the zoo, along with so many other creatures already destined for imminent extinction.
Brolga doesn’t seem to seek publicity for himself, and we have huge admiration for a man willing to live in such sparse and lonely conditions with apparently so little concern for any of the luxuries of life that the rest of us take for granted and are so obsessed with, but who spends his whole life and what little cash he has pursuing his total commitment to caring for these unfortunate creatures.
Good on yer Brolga from a townie Pom – keep up the great work – we can’t wait for the second episode!
Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4BS, England.
Sir – I would be grateful if any of your readers would tell Chris Brolga on my behalf, to say after watching the documentary broadcast on BBC2 Scotland, 26.01.2013, I would like to let him know that if he needs help on any more fence building or big projects requiring hard work, I would be happy to offer my services, both labour and financially.
The work he is doing is very important and should be given every chance to succeed after all, ask any person over the age of 35 in the UK and they will all know Skippy the kangaroo, which is part of the history of the outback in Australia.