High level support for Koala protection measures
Monday 2 July 2018
The extensive work being carried out on the north coast to protect vulnerable koala populations has been highlighted today with Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson and Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin inspecting newly installed koala grids at Tyagarah.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government is delivering protection for one of Australia’s most treasured icons by ensuring they can no longer access the Pacific Highway at known “koala hot spots.”
“Parts of Brunswick Heads and Tyagarah are identified as important koala habitat so seven koala grids are being installed on roads and interchanges next to the Pacific Highway to limit access to the highway,” Mr Anderson said.
“The koala grids are part of a suite of measures being implemented including installing additional fauna fencing along the Pacific Highway between Ewingsdale and the Sleepy Hollow rest area. Self closing gates are also being installed which allow pedestrians and cyclists access through the koala protection barriers.”
Mr Franklin said the ongoing work being carried out to protect koala populations along this section of the Pacific Highway is contributing to a fall in koala road strikes compared with before duplication of the highway.
“The grids work because they form a barrier for fauna at locations where it is not safe to cross the highway and the fencing helps to direct the koalas to safer crossing points. Work to install the grids on this section of the Pacific Highway is expected to be completed next month,” Mr Franklin said.