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The freeway claims another koala

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The coastal koala population in Byron Shire is dwindling, and we just cannot afford to lose healthy animals in such a way. It appears that the population of these animals in Tyagarah is divided by the freeway. Animals are killed while crossing the road to search of food trees in which to eat or mates to breed with.

One would think that the RTA should be responsible to provide some way for the koala to cross. Such structures are found over other freeways in other places in NSW and southeast Qld. You would think that our local state member Mr Don Page, the Byron Shire Council, the NPWS, Landcare groups and anyone else would love to contact the RTA and put a bit of pressure on them, to make this happen, and thereby to help this little Aussie icon in its battle for survival.

The contact details for the RTA are [email protected].

John Lindsay

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