CARERS HOPPING MAD OVER SIGNAGE DEBATE
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.”
WILDLIFE WARRIOR: Wildlife carer Faye Fishlock wants to see kangaroo and other wildlife warning signs erected on Woodgate Rd.