Solar Koala Safety Sign for Hawks Nest

Myall Coast people will have already seen the new solar-powered, speed activated sign erected last week at the foot of the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Singing Bridge.  Hawks Nest Koala Slow Down sign

The sign lights up with a koala image and the words “SLOW DOWN” when a vehicle approaches exceeding the 50 KPH speed limit.

The Myall Koala and Environment Group has been negotiating with Great Lakes Council for 18 months to get this sign installed following four koala deaths from vehicle hits along the stretch of Kingfisher Avenue between the bridge and Ibis Avenue.

The Koala Group is contributing $5,000 towards the cost of the sign.

An analysis of vehicle speeds on Kingfisher Avenue in February and March 2015 found that the average speed at the foot of the bridge was 64.8 KPH!

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Many vehicles must be travelling much faster than this.

The new sign has the ability to collect statistics on vehicle speeds which will enable Council to monitor the ongoing benefit of the SLOW DOWN sign.

The Koala Group pleads with drivers to slow down.

The time saved by speeding the 500m between the bridge and Ibis Avenue, a frequent koala crossing area, would be less than a minute but the risk to our koalas is unacceptable.

By Ian MORPHETT

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  1. Is there any koalas left in Tea Gardens I do hope so. Can tourists buy an app maybe to see a Koala in the area and the money going back to the Koalas. I have visited Tea Gardens twice this year and have searched everywhere looking to see one koala as my daughter has autism and has a real interest in these beautiful animals. We looked at night also if you could let me know where we should be looking just so she can see one I would be most greatful. They are big tourist attraction to Tea Gardens and we need to look after them . I am happy to make a donation just to see a sighting for my little girl thankyou Jodie Shelton

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