Boundary Road, Coorparoo, improvements for safe Koala crossing

Principal Petitioner Robert Jansen, Coorparoo
Date Closed Sun, 30 Jun 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 708 signatures

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There is a local koala population that exists in Camp Hill and Coorparoo in the Whites Hill and surrounding reserves of the Coorparoo Finger Gullies, (Mars, Octantis, Solar Steets and surrounding area). The koalas maintain a large territory in which they travel for food, rearing young and breeding. The territory is split by Boundary Rd with a set speed limit of 70kmph. This a major crossing for koalas and other wildlife, and therefore the major area for injury and death of these animals.

Your petitioners request the Brisbane City Council to urgently implement road safety measures for the safe movement of koalas and other wildlife across Boundary Road, Coorparoo. Modification to consider include – increased signage, speed reduction, traffic calming, underpasses, rope bridges, gantry overpasses.

Council response

Boundary Road, Coorparoo and surrounding local streets (known by the community as the Coorparoo Finger Gullies) has been identified as a priority location for wildlife movement solutions, primarily due to the increase in koala/vehicle strike records.

As a result, Council is proposing to implement the following mitigation options.

  • Increased koala warning signage on Boundary Road and ‘Care for our Wildlife’ koala signage in key locations on local streets between Boundary Road and the Coorparoo Finger Gullies.
  • Road pavement ‘Wildlife’ threshold treatment at the entrance points at the top and bottom of Boundary Road.
  • Koala ‘climb-outs’ on the steep roadside batters that may be trapping koalas in the carriage-way.

Variable message signs that alert drivers to the potential presence of koalas have been installed for three two-week intervals on Boundary Road during the peak of the koala breeding season from August 2019.

Council will also undertake wildlife street and park tree plantings in the area between Boundary Road and the Coorparoo Finger Gully parks, which will focus on providing additional food and refuge opportunities for koalas and other wildlife as they move between habitat areas. Signage is also being installed at the entrances to the Coorparoo Finger Gully parks advising visitor that there are koalas in the area and to keep dogs on-leash at all times.

The culmination of the above mitigation measures is intended to enhance the safe movement of wildlife between habitat areas, increase community awareness and create a wildlife friendly koala precinct.

Wildlife fencing along Boundary Road and other options such as underpasses, rope bridges and an overhead gantry for wildlife movement are being considered for future funding. A speed limit reduction on Boundary Road will be reviewed 12 months after the mitigation measures are implemented.