Slow down! New signs to make drivers aware of wildlife

Published on 21 August 2020

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In conjunction with the not-for-profit group Rewilding Australia, Byron Shire is taking part in a trial of new signage designed to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife, especially koalas. 

Byron Shire Council, along with Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee Councils, have been invited to take part in a trial of the signs which are designed to be more eye catching than normal signs.

Liz Caddick, Council’s Biodiversity Officer, said the new signs don’t have bells and whistles like flashing lights but they are different and hopefully this will get drivers to slow down.

“There are so many signs on the sides of roads that there is often ‘sign fatigue’ in that people see the sign but don’t really register them,” Ms Caddick said.

“These new signs have an eye-catching image of a koala along with a simple message that koalas are in the area and they are apparently cost effective to make.

“We have six signs that will be put on McAuleys Lane near Mullumbimby and Coolamon Scenic Drive, to monitor their effectiveness.

“We will be analysing traffic data before and after the installation of the signs,” she said.

Traffic speed counters have been installed to see if drivers heed the message to slow down for koalas. 

The Lismore-based Friends of the Koala group said motor vehicle collision is the second most common cause of death for koalas coming into their care.

Council is also keen to hear what people think of the signs and they can send a message via Facebook, or by emailing lcaddick@byron.nsw.gov.au.

“With spring on our door step it’s a reminder to all drivers that koalas and other native wildlife are getting active, so slow down on our rural roads, particularly at dusk and dawn,” Ms Caddick said.

“If you do spot an injured koala, please call the Friends of the Koala 24 hour rescue hotline - 6622 1233,” she said.

For media enquiries contact Annie Lewis, Media and Communications Coordinator, on 6626 7320.

 

 

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