Koala safety signs directed to be taken down Highlight Section Port Stephens by News Of The Area - Modern Media - July 6, 2022July 6, 2022 IT has been a campaign to combat the impact of vehicle strikes on our local koala population. Casey Freeman and her children created a series of signs designed to bring local drivers’ attention to the presence of koalas, in an effort to see drivers slow down and save the beloved native animal from vehicle strike accidents. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – email@example.com Now, the handmade fluorescent signs have come under criticism from Port Stephens Council, with the family directed to take them down. John Maretich, Assets Section Manager – Civil Assets, Port Stephens Council, told News Of The Area, “Driver road safety is taken very seriously. “The Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has standards relating to roadside signage in particular regulatory signage. “The regulations are designed to minimise distractions for drivers. “Council is working on a number of projects to both raise awareness with motorists and also, minimise road strike incidents with koalas.” It isn’t all bad news however for the family that wanted to create awareness for drivers. “Council has spoken with the community members and is providing support to find suitable locations for the signs,” Mr Maretich said. One of the koalas at the Port Stephens Koala Hospital at present is in care due to his second vehicle strike incident. Koalas have home ranges or territories which they live in and sadly many of our roads cross through koala habitat. By Marian SAMPSON One of the fluorescent signs at night, highlighting the need for drivers to take care on our roads for the sake of our koalas.