Men’s shed building new homes for local wildlife

9 August 2013

Men’s Shed building new homes for local wildlife

Local wildlife will soon be able to make themselves at home in nest boxes being built by Stuart’s Point Men’s Shed as part of the Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway upgrade.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Pacific Highway General Manager Bob Higgins said engaging a local support group like Men’s Shed in such an innovative initiative was a great way to involve the community in the upgrade and its environmental initiatives.

“The nest boxes will be placed in existing trees near the newly upgraded road to provide wildlife such as possums, gliders, owls, cockatoos and parrots with a place to rest, keep warm and breed,” Mr Higgins said.

“The local Men’s Shed has been contracted to deliver 20 nest boxes for the project which will take up to four weeks to complete.

“The nest boxes are used when hollow trees are removed as part of road projects, to ensure wildlife have a safe alternative in which to shelter.”

Stuarts Point Men’s Shed president Jack Maggs said the work was a great boost to the group’s morale and financial situation.

“The Men’s Shed organisation aims to provide projects for its members which are interesting and involve them in the local community,” Mr Maggs said.

“The group has done similar projects for Landcare where we made Indian Mynah bird traps.

“This type of work is interesting, satisfying and gives us an opportunity to deliver some real benefits to local wildlife and the community,” Mr Maggs said.

Mr Higgins said preserving and supporting the natural environment was one of RMS’ priorities on Pacific Highway upgrades.

“A lot of work goes into environmental planning in the early stages of a project and commissioning these nest boxes was a small but important part of the process.

“The 26.5 kilometre Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway upgrade is providing 219 nest boxes in total to minimise environmental impacts,” Mr Higgins said.

The project is the second stage of the 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai project.

Stage one, the Kempsey bypass, was opened to traffic in March this year.

The Frederickton to Eungai upgrade concept design includes: 

  • a four lane divided road with enough space to upgrade to six lanes in the future
  • a major interchange at Stuarts Point Road
  • rest areas in both directions south of Barraganyatti near Cooks Lane.

The upgrade will provide flood immunity for a one in 100 year event.

The Frederickton to Eungai upgrade is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments and is scheduled for completion by 2016, weather permitting.

Work on the upgrade is expected to start in coming months.

For more information on the project visit the RMS website.

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