Fences designed to provide crossing points for emus are proving successful along the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade said roads and maritime services spokesperson. They have been trialling the emu fencing and crossing points along the Glenugie to Tyndale section of the upgrade where emus are regularly sighted.
‘The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team wants to ensure the ongoing safe movement of local wildlife under or over the new highway now and in the future,’ commented the spokesperson. ‘Monitoring pictures and videos shows this initiative is working with footage of emus regularly captured using the designated crossing points.’
During works on the highway crossing points will be maintained to ensure emus and other wildlife continue to to be able to cross roads and road works in safety.
‘At one location a hybrid fence was installed which consisted of two strands of plain wire, two strands of barbed wire and a squeeze stile, large enough for emus to use but too small for cattle. Importantly, the plain wire was installed on the top and bottom strands to minimise injury to native fauna.
‘On previous Pacific Highway upgrades, five strand fencing was used however the four strand fencing has been demonstrated to enable emus to pass through the hybrid fence more easily as captured in the video.
‘Based on this evidence the right arrangement of stock and fauna fencing close to crossing zones should ensure successful emu crossings when the upgrade is completed.’