16 C
Byron Shire
September 21, 2021

Koalas to benefit from new protection grids and fencing

Latest News

September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

Goonellabah drive-thru COVID testing this weekend at GSAC

With the community in lockdown, Lismore City Council says it is important for to get tested for COVID-19, even if you only have the mildest of symptoms. 

Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

The Greens and Ballina Council

With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December...

At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koala’s care centre last week. Photo FOK

While the Berejiklian government is setting about the destruction of koala habitat with the proposal to open up over 100,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest and rainforest on public lands for logging the RMS and Byron Shire Council are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of koalas being killed on the roads.

The new wooden fencing near the southern entry to Brunswick Heads and the new road grids near the Pacific Highway interchange on Gulgan Road are part of a number of protection measures being delivered by the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) over the coming months to reduce the potential for road strikes on koalas, which are listed as a vulnerable species under threatened species legislation in NSW.

The new road grids near the Pacific Highway interchange. Photo supplied.

The newly installed fence, located at the southern entry to Brunswick Heads, is a ‘noise wall’ which will be connected to additional fauna fencing north and south of the interchange. The fauna fencing will run about a kilometre north on both sides of the highway and will feature self-closing gates near the interchanges.

The koala protection measures follow RMS investigations and are expected to deliver significant reduction of koala road strikes in this section of the Pacific Highway.

Detailed diagrams of the proposed new koala grids and fencing, as well as the REF (Review of Environmental Factors) and submissions report are available on the RMS website.

Once the koala protection grids and fences are installed, they will become a Council asset.

In addition to this, Council has committed $60,000 to undertake design work for fauna fencing and underpasses on Ewingsdale Road.

This follows a recent review conducted by Dr Steve Phillips of Biolink, recommending Council give consideration for the provision and safe under-road passage of koalas and other wildlife in the vicinity of Bayshore Drive and Sunrise Boulevard.

The works may include the provision of fauna paths, fencing on both sides of Ewingsdale Road, grids and intersections and driveways and self-closing gates on the cycleway and footpath.

It is important to note that these works are not required for the intersection upgrades at this point in time, but will be required when a dual carriageway is constructed.


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

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.