Koala Zone – Road sign – Port Macquarie

Extract from a report in the Port News, Port Macquarie 3.2017

Hastings Council has painted koala crossing messages on Ocean Drive in Port Macquarie, a known road strike black spot, to help create awareness  and provide guidance to drivers…

…The section of Ocean Drive between Koala Street and Christmas Bells Plains is a known road strike black spot with koalas regularly seen trying to cross the road.

“These attempted crossings increase in the early morning and late afternoon, which unfortunately coincides with peak traffic times, and it is important that we are always all on high alert, even more so during these busy periods,” Mr Croft [Council acting director] said.

The council will remove some of the vegetation from the median strips to provide greater visibility of koalas to road users and is working on integrating a koala-proof fence and upgrading of underpasses on Ocean Drive to provide safer passage for koalas. The koala road safety initiative has been made possible through funding assistance from the state government’s Saving our Species Program.

Residents and road users are urged to immediately call the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on 6584 1522 (24 hours) if a koala is seen in distress or has been injured. read the full article in the Port News