New home for baby magpies at Kelso

4 November 2014

Two baby magpies’ nest has been successfully relocated as part of early work on the Great Western Highway at Kelso.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the two magpie babies in a nest were found by an ecologist during an inspection of the eastern end of the work site working on the project.

“The NSW Government engaged a specialist as part of the ecology impact assessment to identify potentially impacted flora and fauna and plan their careful relocation,” the spokesperson said.

“The two magpies and their nest were carefully removed and given to a wildlife carer who will reintroduce them to the nearby bushland in coming days.”

The spokesperson said earth work would be carried out on the Kelso work site for about three months, weather permitting with no traffic impacts expected.

“During work, two lanes of traffic will remain open where possible. When necessary, traffic will be reduced to one lane with traffic control in place.”

The speed limit will be reduced to 40 km/h from Littlebourne Street to just east of Ashworth Drive.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and follow all signs.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists and the local community for their patience while this important work is carried out.

The overall project will involve rebuilding and widening the highway from Stockland Drive to just east of Ashworth Drive to provide a four lane divided road with a central concrete median.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, weather permitting.

For more information on the project visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/kelso/index.html

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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