Fences to protect the koalas along Picton Road

Fence me in: As part of a raft of measures to protect koalas, fences will go up along Picton Road. Picture  Sitthixay Ditthavong
Fence me in: As part of a raft of measures to protect koalas, fences will go up along Picton Road. Picture Sitthixay Ditthavong

Fences will go up along Picton Road to stop koalas being run over.

The section of Appin Road between Appin and Campbelltown – another “hotspot” for koala deaths – will also get some attention.

The work will form part of the NSW government’s koala strategy, which was announced on Sunday.

As part of the strategy, the government will spend $3.3 million fixing roadkill hotspots.

Picton Road is one of those locations and a number of new fences will be built to prevent koalas getting on the road.

This will add to the other koala-friendly measure already in place on Picton Road in the form of two wildlife underpasses.

There has been a series of social media posts in recent weeks showing koalas hit by cars along Appin Road.

As part of the strategy plans will be drawn up to protect koalas along this section of Appin Road.

The strategy also includes setting aside large swathes of land for new koala habitats – including a location in the Southern Highlands.

”Initially 24,538 hectares of state forest will be set aside for koalas – with more to come,” Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

“This includes 4096 hectares of state forest with koala habitat on the Mid-North Coast that will be transferred to the national parks estate.

”A further 20,442 hectares of state forest with koala habitat will be set aside and managed as koala reserves.

“This includes state forests on the Far North Coast and in the Upper Hunter, Central Coast, Hawkesbury and Southern Highlands.”

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