Tyagarah to Brunswick Heads Koala Grids

Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to install koala grids at key locations near the Pacific Highway following an investigation into koala road strikes in the area.

Brunswick Heads interchange
Brunswick Heads interchange

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services is committed to reducing the potential for koala road strikes along the Pacific Highway.

The koala is listed as a vulnerable species under threatened species legislation in NSW. Koala mortalities arising from road-strike are a well-documented problem along the eastern seaboard of Australia and the issue has been identified as a factor contributing to population decline.

Following an investigation into koala road strikes in this area, Roads and Maritime is proposing to adopt the recommendation and install seven koala grids and associated self-closing gates at the Brunswick Heads and Gulgan Road (south) interchanges with the Pacific Highway.

It’s expected that once implemented, the work will result in a significant reduction of koala road strikes in this section of the Pacific Highway.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assesses the installation and ongoing operation of the koala grids.

Project objectives

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Implement the recommendations following the investigation into koala road strikes
  • Minimise koala road strikes in this area long the Pacific Highway
  • Control koala and other fauna movements near the roadway to safe crossings
  • Educate the community about the koala grids and associated self-closing gates.
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