State has eye on Hwy wildlife safety

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

HOW safe is Sec­tion C of the high­way for wildlife?

Mo­torists on the new sec­tion have ques­tioned if enough has been done, with dead an­i­mals re­ported be­side the road.

“Once they get onto the high­way, it’s ba­si­cally a trap for them and they can’t get back off be­cause of the con­crete bar­rier in the mid­dle,” Ka­t­rina Bri­eschke said.

“It’s not that I am a bleed­ing heart for the an­i­mals, but it’s a case of the an­i­mals don’t have an easy way to re­move them­selves from the high­way.

“I’ve seen koalas just bounce be­tween the fence and the con­crete bar­rier back and forth, not know­ing where to go.”

A Trans­port and Main Roads spokesman said the depart­ment was com­mit­ted to an­i­mal safety.

He said there were mea­sures to help pro­tect wildlife along the cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing more than 14km of fenc­ing along Sec­tion C.

“This fenc­ing in­cludes fauna ramps in­stalled at gaps in the fenc­ing to al­low fauna to pass through should it find it­self in­side the road cor­ri­dor,” he said.

There were two un­der­passes and four wildlife bridges at creek cross­ings for an­i­mals be­tween Gympie and the Mary Val­ley Link Rd, he said.

“Al­though the depart­ment can­not guar­an­tee there will be no im­pact to fauna along high­ways such as Cooroy to Curra, ev­ery at­tempt is made to min­imise po­ten­tial harm to wildlife,” he said.

He said the depart­ment would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the fauna pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

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