ANOTHER CASUALTY: File photo of a dead koala taken north of Gympie after it was hit by a car.
ANOTHER CASUALTY: File photo of a dead koala taken north of Gympie after it was hit by a car. Eliza Wheeler

STRIKE 3: Another koala dead on Mary Valley Rd

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

THE Koala Action Group is seeking community help, following another koala death on the Mary Valley (Gympie-Brooloo) Rd this week.

This is the third healthy young male koala struck on this road in the past seven weeks. This latest one occurred on the bridge over Yabba Creek just north of the Tuchekoi turn-off.

Koala breeding and dispersal season has begun, and this explains why these three koalas lost to the Mary Valley koala population were all very young males.

These little fellas just entering maturity are being displaced by the more dominant males, so they tend to be moving around much more, trying to find their new home.

We have a 2103 Gympie Times article (June 13, 2013) about a koala "Chaddie”.

The residents who rescued him said he was "hit by a car along a 100kmh stretch of the Kandanga Imbil Rd and left for dead.”

Many Mary Valley residents continue to express concern about the speed along this road, and increasingly mention the large volume of trucks using it.

High speed through known koala habitat (there are koala signs intermittently along this road to alert drivers to this) spells disaster for koalas moving through their habitat.

It is time to have a serious look at this issue of the high koala mortality rates on the Mary Valley Rd (and other regional arterial roads - have just had word of another koala hit at Priddy Rd/Tin Can Bay Rd).  

Can you help? Please share your ideas, so that we can discuss with Main Roads and other stakeholders. (We would like to contact trucking companies to ask them to speak to their drivers about being "koala-aware” so perhaps you can advise who we need to talk with).

Email koalas@mrccc.org.au or phone the co-ordinator on 5483 5242, 0437 549 252.

Thanks to the residents who alert us to dead koalas on our roads (however we would urge the responsible drivers to do so).

We attend to check for a pouch, gather valuable data, including building a picture of "hot-spots”.

Everyone can play a role by spreading the word about koala breeding season and the need to look-out for our wildlife, especially from dusk right through till early morning, when most koalas are being hit.

For Muster-goers, enjoy a great weekend of music and look out for the locals (koalas) on your travels.

Michelle Daly,

Gympie Region Koala Action Group co-ordinator

 

Gympie Times


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