Slow down for ducks’ sake
Wallcliffe Road resident Belinda Palmer has made her own signs to alert motorists to native ducks crossing busy roads after numerous reports of ducklings killed by inattentive drivers.
Spurred on by her good citizenship, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River will come to the party next year with portable signs in trouble spots.
Ms Palmer said she was distraught to see the hardships of ducks and their offspring crossing Wallcliffe Road in the heart of Margaret River and knew other crossings were just as dangerous.
Her activism was underscored by social media reports of more ducklings killed this week.
“There are quite a few people wanting to see the temporary signs — not permanent, as of course they lose their meaning if there are not actually ducklings around — put in places where they are crossing roads during breeding season,” she told the Times.
Also involved was Margaret River celebrant Joanne Armstrong, who said it was a “massive issue” for animal welfare groups like Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid.
“Because I am caring for two birds at the moment, it made sense to actually do something about it,” she said. “We also want to try to encourage the (Shire) to erect a couple more signs about town to alert tourists of this.”
Resident Jessica Tait recorded more ducklings killed in the same location as the temporary signs, which were removed by Shire officers. Shire chief executive Gary Evershed said he had listened to “great suggestions from the community”.
“From next year, we will be erecting temporary A-frame signage at the key locations,” he said.
“This is done at other local governments where there are similar community concerns.”
He said concerns about wildlife could be reported to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service on 9474 9055.
Joanne Armstrong and Belinda Palmer are asking motorists to slow down for native wildlife.