Wildlife protections branch out to new Moreton Bay locations

Published 21 February 2022

Koala in a tree

A highly successful initiative by Moreton Bay Regional Council to protect local wildlife on local roads is expanding to new locations in Bray Park and Narangba.

Off the back of last week’s announcement about eye-catching signs to drive down the road toll for native animals, Mayor Peter Flannery today said further safety measures including koala fencing would be installed along Old North Road, Bray Park and Roberts Road, Narangba near key wildlife habitat.

“Unlike other areas in the south-east, Moreton Bay is home to hundreds of hectares of national park, wildlife reserves, parks and corridors - which are in turn home to thousands of native animals,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Some of these areas are split between local roads, which is why we’ve created a program to make sure koalas, kangaroos and other creatures who call these places home can safely move between them.

“In just the last few years, we’ve been able to install more than 10,000 metres of koala fencing, build key fauna crossings along the Moreton Bay Rail corridor and roll out 26 rope bridges.

“To be able to deliver even more is part of our key focus in 2022: to go green as we grow, and is a pillar of our record $743 million budget.”

Division 11 Councillor Darren Grimwade said the continued rollout of measures to protect local wildlife would go a long way to driving down the number of wildlife being hit by cars.

“With council planting more 80,000 trees in the last few years and plans to add another 45,000 in the next three, wildlife habitat is on the boom,” Cr Grimwade said.

“That does mean however, an increased risk of interactions between booming wildlife populations and residents - with sadly 700 calls each year for wildlife strikes.

“Being able to install new fencing, escape poles and fauna ledges along Roberts Road will reduce that risk of interaction and create a huge benefit for animals in the local area.”

Division 8 Councillor Mick Gillam said construction would commence in coming months and take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting.

“Together with our ongoing research to protect koalas at the Mill at Moreton Bay, it’s just another measure council is delivering to protect the environment and animals we love,” Cr Gillam said.

For more information on council’s green infrastructure head to: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Roads/Green-Infrastructure-Network-Delivery-Program