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Lismore City Council, Media Release, 1 November 2021

Koalas on road sign
Photo: Lismore City Council

Lismore City Council will install temporary signage to reduce the number of koalas being hit by vehicles at six identified koala-strike hot spots around Lismore.

“Since the beginning of this year 33 koalas were killed on roads in the Lismore Local Government Area – this is 33 too many,” said Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Angie Brace.

“We want to alert motorists to slow down and be aware of koala crossing particularly in these areas to reduce the risk of hitting koalas and other wildlife as they move between habitats.”

The temporary signs, funded by the State Government, will be installed at six major hotspots, including three new locations. They are Ballina Road Goonellabah, Dunoon Road at Modanville, Wyrallah Road at Tuckurimba, Coraki Road at Ruthven, Bangalow Road at Clunes and the Bruxner Highway at McKees Hill.

Ms Brace said koalas and other wildlife are out an about at this time of year as they search for food and mates in increasingly isolate pockets of habitat.

“Koalas are vulnerable to extinction in NSW and these roads cut right through some of their prime habitat,” she said.

“Our roads were built through their homes, the place they live and raise their young, and they need to traverse this habitat for breeding and feeding. It is up to us as drivers to be vigilant about their presence.”

The signs will be erected from Monday, 1 November.

“We really want motorists to do their bit to save our vulnerable animals.

Motorists can also be alert for koalas or other wildlife by scanning the side of the road during the day and watch for ‘eyeshine’ which is the reflection from animals’ eyes at night,” Ms Brace said.

Please report injured or deceased koalas that you see on the side of roads. Even dead koalas can provide valuable information to researchers and carers about where koalas are being hit. 

To report sick, injured koalas or dead koalas on the Friends of the Koala 24-hour hotline on 6622 1233.

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