18.2 C
Byron Shire
July 6, 2022

Look out for wildlife on the local roads

Latest News

Value of the intangible and Suffolk Parks future

It’s hard to know what value to place on the environment – until it changes irrevocably.  A place is defined...

Other News

Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

Management of Byron’s fragile coastline impeded by NSW government: report

Insufficient funding and guidance from the State government is inhibiting Byron Council’s attempt to effectively manage its famous but fragile coastline, a Council report has revealed.

Sport and gender

Olympic golden girl Cate Campbell claims to have wrestled long and hard with herself before passionately promoting a ban...

The wetlands questions for the new Council

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP) recently gave a determination for a Bioenergy Facility to be built within the...

After two-year delay Byron Shire gets to host the NSW junior golf championships

For the first time in almost 20 years, the NSW Junior Championships and JNJG State Age Championships are being...

Govt considers underwriting small energy retailers after Enova’s collapse

In the wake of the collapse of local green energy retailer, Enova, the NSW government say they are considering underwriting small energy retailers who face unfair market competition from large retailers who also generate electricity.

Skippy the orphaned Swamp Wallaby joey. Photo supplied.
Skippy the orphaned Swamp Wallaby joey. Photo supplied.

Heading out at dawn and dusk the local wildlife, particularly the dominant Wallaby species the Swamp Wallaby found on the local Byron coastline, are vulnerable to being hit by cars.

‘They are often found on the roadsides leading up to the (Byron) Lighthouse,’ said a local spokesperson for WIRES, Sharon McGrigor.

‘They rest during the day in the thick undergrowth and venture out at dawn and dusk to browse on the roadside verges.’

WIRES recently received a distressing phone call from two tourists visiting the Byron

Bay Lighthouse who had accidentally hit and killed a female Swamp Wallaby.

‘After stopping to check the dead wallaby’s’ pouch they realised she had a joey, who was very much alive and luckily uninjured. So they contacted WIRES, and Skippy as she was named, is now in care with a second orphaned joey about the same age. The two little orphans will be reared together and released in about 5 months.’

WIRES are encouraging motorists to report accidents as they are often finding joeys who’s mothers have been killed too late to save them.

‘Please check the pouches of fatally injured wildlife and call WIRES to report accidents,’ Sharon urged.

‘The immediate area must also be checked for a joey that may have been thrown out of the pouch on impact. Skippy’ is lucky that our visitors took the time to check her Mums pouch, and save her life.’

Contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries. You have find them anemone here or The 24-hour hotline is for all calls to WIRES in the Northern Rivers – 6628 1898.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Where is the love?

I have lived in Mullum and the surrounding hills for 35 years.  Yesterday I drove to Upper Main Arm, to Kohinur, to visit a friend,...

Flood help information from Chinderah, and Uki to South Golden Beach

The floods in February and March are still having direct impacts on the lives of many people and Serice NSW has a trailer coming to a location near you so you can easily access flood assistance.

Weaving through NAIDOC

DJ and Delta with some of the Weaving for Reconciliation exhibits. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Management of Byron’s fragile coastline impeded by NSW government: report

Insufficient funding and guidance from the State government is inhibiting Byron Council’s attempt to effectively manage its famous but fragile coastline, a Council report has revealed.