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Traffic and Wildlife

 Local Wildlife and Threatened Species

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is committed to minimising road traffic impacts on our local wildlife and threatened species. 

The recent Pacific Highway upgrade has seen best practice wildlife controls to minimise impacts on our native residents. Underpasses have been designed to enable fauna traffic, as have canopy bridges for arboreal animals. Council have installed koala fencing on Link Road and Dunbogan Tip Road as well as other measures to aid in the protection of our native species. These road engineering designs are particularly important for our federally protected Koalas.

Wildlife Striking

One in seven crashes on country roads involves an animal. Animals are often extremely fast and unpredictable. Particular care should be given at sunrise and sunset when animals are generally more active and harder to see.

  • Be aware
  • Reduce speed
  • Stay alert
  • Brake safely
  • Never swerve

Call WIRES to report injured wildlife on 1300 094 737 and check out Transport for NSW's Driving on Country Roads for more information.

Council generally does not erect wildlife warning signs. This is because Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is in a regional area and as such, motorists can encounter wild animals all over the LGA. Over signposting an area can make drivers complacent and reduce the effectiveness of all signage.

This page was last updated on: 05 October 2018