Wildlife movement solutions
What are Wildlife Movement Solutions?
Wildlife Movement Solutions (WMS) are wildlife crossing infrastructure. They are installed where roads meet biodiversity corridors. WMS provide native wildlife with a safer transport path between the City’s green space. They also help to improve safety for motorists by reducing the likelihood of a vehicle collision with an animal.
Some examples of this infrastructure include:
- fauna exclusion fencing
- culvert underpasses
- land-bridge overpasses
- rope bridges
- virtual fences
Signs are also a form of WMS. Wildlife warning signs may inform the driver to slow down and travel at the speed limit. They may also raise driver awareness to the presence of wildlife in an area.
Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Hot Spots
To make sure we can deliver WMS at critical locations across the city, a ‘hot spots’ map has been developed. The map identifies areas across the city for focused on-ground action. The hot spots have been identified by analysing and mapping a range of data including:
- road attributes, like road width, corners etc.
- speed limits
- connections to biodiversity corridors
- proximity to wildlife habitat
- species distribution records
- existing road kill data.
The map gives priority to key species affected by vehicle strikes. These include the koala, eastern grey kangaroo and red-necked wallaby. The mapping is reviewed and updated as more data becomes available. You can download the Priority species wildlife - vehicle collision hot spots map (PDF 417).
The following roads are identified as hotspots on the map:
- Springwood Road, Rochedale South (Locally controlled road)
- Exilis Street, Springwood (Locally controlled road)
- Loganlea Road, Meadowbrook (Locally controlled road)
- California Creek Road, Cornubia (Locally controlled road)
- Mount Cotton Road, Cornubia (State controlled road)
- Beenleigh- Redland Bay Road (State controlled road)
- Mount Lindsay Highway Service Road (ML5), Boronia Heights
- Crest Road, Greenbank (Locally controlled road)
- Park Ridge Road, Park Ridge (Locally controlled road)
- Chambers Flat Road, Logan Reserve (Locally controlled road)
- Gardiner Road, Holmview (Locally controlled road)
- Goodna Road, Greenbank (Locally controlled road)
- New Beith Road, Greenbank (Locally controlled road)
- Middle Road, Greenbank (Locally controlled road)
- Rosia Road, Park Ridge (Locally controlled road)
- Crowson Lane, North Maclean (Locally controlled road)
- Waterford Tamborine Road, Logan Village (State controlled road)
- Camp Cable Road, Jimboomba (State controlled road)
- Cusack Lane, Glen Logan (Locally controlled road)
- Kurrajong Road, Jimboomba (Locally controlled road)
- Mundoolun Road, Jimboomba (Locally controlled road).
What is Council doing?
The delivery and improvement of WMS is part of our commitment to a green city. Several trials are underway to facilitate the use of new types of WMS infrastructure.
Wildlife awareness vehicle activated sign
These are solar-powered radar signs. They display the drivers speed and customised wildlife warning image or message as the driver approaches the sign. The signs are rotated to reduce driver fatigue. A trial of this infrastructure will occur between January and December 2022.
Wildlife virtual fence
Roadside devices that face away from the road. The devices are activated by approaching headlights. They emit a sound and light stimulus that alert animals as a car approaches along the road, forming a virtual fence. Locations of virtual fences: Park Ridge Road and Rosia Road in Park Ridge and Cusack Lane and Henderson Road in Glenlogan.
Wildlife movement awareness campaign
Spring is breeding season for many wild animals. This campaign aims to raise driver awareness of increased wildlife movement during spring. Actions include roadside banners and other temporary signage, radio advertisements, social media posts, media releases and workshops / events. Actions are delivered city wide.
Koala breeding season banners
Koala breeding season is between July to January. These roadside banners alert drivers to “slow down, look out”. They are installed at key locations across the city. The banners are installed at locations for a short period of time and then moved to new locations to increase coverage and reduce message fatigue.
The delivery of suitable on-ground WMS is part of the planning and designing of all local new roads and road upgrades. The Department of Transport and Main Roads have developed Guidelines for WMS. To learn more about the guidelines please visit Fauna management (Department of Transport and Main Roads) (tmr.qld.gov.au). During the development assessment process opportunities for WMS are also investigated.
How You Can Help
You can help keep our wildlife safe by:
- slowing down in the signed areas and the identified hotspot areas mentioned above.
- being vigilant of wildlife on our roads, particularly at dusk and dawn. Be careful around corners, crests and in areas with roadside vegetation. If you see wildlife on the road at night slow down, sound your horn and dim your lights.
- reporting all wildlife sightings, including deceased animals, see Report wildlife sightings
- if you do hit an animal on our roads, immediately call RSPCA Ambulance on 1300 ANIMAL or Wildcare on 07 5527 2444. The sooner help is called, the greater chance of the animal surviving.
- tell your neighbours when you spot a koala in your street or suburb or have noticed a section of road where wildlife regularly cross, to help spread awareness in your community.
Make your backyard wildlife friendly
WMS aren’t only about helping wildlife move across roads. Wildlife also needs to be able to move through other areas of the city, including backyards. To find out more about how to make your yard wildlife safe see Wildlife safe backyards