Unfortunately, koalas are expected to be extinct by 2050 unless we act to preserve their lives now. One of the biggest threats to our koala population is vehicle road strikes. In 2020, there were 41 reported road strikes in our region involving a koala, and of those 41 strikes, 33 incidents resulted in the death of the koala.
By changing our behaviours on the road, we can reduce these numbers and trauma for our wildlife, and our community.
Make sure to slow down when we see signs that tell us wildlife are out and about in the area. You can help by making these small changes:
- Look for road signs and take notice of speed limits
- Slow down in koala zones
- Take extra care at dawn and dusk
- Remember that when you’re on the road, you are in charge of protecting every life.
We are inviting local residents and tourists to take the pledge to ‘Drive with Care Be Koala Aware’ in an effort to raise awareness of this issue and improve safety on our roads for all, including our koalas. Head to our ConnectEd website to learn more and take the pledge!