CAR­ERS HOP­PING MAD OVER SIG­NAGE DE­BATE

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

WILDLIFE car­ers say they are dis­ap­pointed by Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion not to erect kan­ga­roo warn­ing signs on Woodgate Rd.

Res­i­dents ap­pealed to the coun­cil to erect warn­ing signs due to the pro­longed dry weather which is en­tic­ing kan­ga­roos to the green veg­e­ta­tion on the side of the road.

Lo­cal wildlife car­ers Faye and Robert Fishlock called on the coun­cil to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion, par­tic­u­larly in the lead up to the Easter hol­i­days.

Mrs Fishlock said while lo­cals were aware of the wildlife, vis­i­tors to the re­gion were not, and sig­nage should be erected to warn vis­i­tors of the po­ten­tial for kan­ga­roos to hop out in front of cars at any given time.

Ac­cord­ing to the wildlife car­ers, mo­torists are not ad­her­ing to the speed limit, of­ten go­ing at least 140kmh and not look­ing.

“Easter is very busy down there ... and they just fly down that road,” Mrs Fishlock said.

Mr Fishlock, a for­mer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer, said in­stalling sig­nage was not just about sav­ing wildlife. “Kan­ga­roos, cat­tle and horses wan­der on the road ... people don’t see it un­til it’s too late – they’re go­ing too fast,” Mr Fishlock said.

“People don’t un­der­stand they are not only killing the an­i­mals, but they are risk­ing in­jur­ing or killing other people or them­selves.”

Mr Fishlock said he had seen far too many ac­ci­dents that could have been pre­vented if mo­torists had driven with cau­tion.

“The mes­sage is to slow down, es­pe­cially at sun­rise and sun­set – that’s when the roos are out and about. Es­pe­cially with the drought as they come to the side of the road where the green grass is.”

But Di­vi­sion Two Coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi said it was “not a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion as the in­ci­dence of wildlife across the re­gion is sim­ply too vast to in­di­vid­u­ally signpost these warn­ings”.

“I think most mo­torists driv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas are well aware that kan­ga­roos al­ways pose an un­ex­pected haz­ard,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said.

“With kan­ga­roos and other wildlife more likely to be found around road­ways at the present time, coun­cil is ask­ing all driv­ers to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion and to be vig­i­lant es­pe­cially around those times of the day and evening when kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies seem to be most ac­tive.”

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN250314WLW1

WILDLIFE WAR­RIOR: Wildlife carer Faye Fishlock wants to see kan­ga­roo and other wildlife warn­ing signs erected on Woodgate Rd.

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