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May 23, 2024

33 roadkill koalas (so far) this year is 33 too many

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We don’t always see our fluffy friends until it’s too late and Lismore Council is hoping to help us get better at knowing where koalas are, so we can slow down and watch out for them.

To this end, Lismore City Council will install temporary signs at six identified koala-strike hotspots around the shire.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Angie Brace says that since the beginning of this year 33 koalas were killed on roads in the Lismore Local Government Area. ‘This is 33 too many.

‘We want to alert motorists to slow down and be aware of koala crossing particularly in these areas to reduce the risk of hitting koalas and other wildlife as they move between habitats.’

Signs installed at six major hotspots

Ms Brace says the temporary signs, funded by the State Government, will be installed at six major hotspots, including three new locations. They are Ballina Road Goonellabah, Dunoon Road at Modanville, Wyrallah Road at Tuckurimba, Coraki Road at Ruthven, Bangalow Road at Clunes and the Bruxner Highway at McKees Hill.

Ms Brace said koalas and other wildlife are out and about at this time of year as they search for food and mates in increasingly isolated pockets of habitat.

‘Koalas are vulnerable to extinction in NSW and these roads cut right through some of their prime habitat.

‘Our roads were built through their homes, the place they live and raise their young, and they need to traverse this habitat for breeding and feeding. It is up to us as drivers to be vigilant about their presence.’

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The signs will be erected today, Monday, 1 November.

‘We really want motorists to do their bit to save our vulnerable animals.

Motorists can also be alert for koalas or other wildlife by scanning the side of the road during the day and watch for ‘eyeshine’ which is the reflection from animals’ eyes at night,’ says Ms Brace.

You can report injured or deceased koalas that you see on the side of roads. Even dead koalas can provide valuable information to researchers and carers about where koalas are being hit.

To report sick, injured koalas or dead koalas on the Friends of the Koala 24-hour hotline on 6622 1233.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. SADLY WE ARE STILL KILLING OUR WILDLIFE WITH OUR THOUGHTLESS TOWN PLANNING STRATEGIES….this has gone on for decades upon decades . Roads/freeways & housing developments that are permitted to be established in the middle of prime habitat for Koalas & other threatened wildlife(they are ALL threatened because of us) is just galling & gut wrenching. Can you imagine if someone came along and put a bull dozer right through your house, this is unimaginable. HUMAN PRIMATES have declared that the entire globe is THEIRS for the taking & if you get in the way you will be murdered or at best displaced . WE CAN NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT THE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WILDLIFE MAKE TO THE PLANET ….but they can LIVE PEACEFULLY & IN HARMONY WITHOUT US. The continued /relentless destruction of our long suffering wildlife breaks my already mangled heart. Our beautiful & unique wildlife ask for so little , unlike us & still we can not share what we have stolen from them.Our demands are insatiable & I can’t see this level of greed changing anytime soon. However, I feel compelled to say I have met many dedicated wonderful environmentalists & wildlife carers( like myself) who have devoted much of their lives to caring for or attempting to preserve our incredible wild creatures …..who make us human 🙁

  2. Well said Lindy.
    So sad to read the high roadkill of koalas. You’re right, if we keep putting roads through habitat, the result is inevitable. The Bruxner Highway, new section near Alstonville is a case in point. Many years ago I wrote to the RTA to ask for wildlife fencing for that section near Duck Creek Mountain Rd. Sure enough, we found a dead female koala in the middle of that road last year. Authorities still haven’t bothered to do anything about that 100km speed limit through habitat.

  3. What the F is wrong with the Council & government? There should be every effort made every day in preventing such senseless Koala deaths. What does it take to wake up the brain-dead people who are allowing this to happen? Who ever has planned & constructed these roads need to be jailed for genocide. Nothing short of greedy, inept people which our poor, struggling -to-survive wildlife have to deal with everyday.
    Stop raping the only home & land our wildlife have.
    It’s an absolute disgrace to our society.

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