Vehicle-activated signs to help protect cassowaries

Vehicle-activated signage (VAS) will be trialled on Tully-Mission Beach Road in an effort to prevent cassowary strikes by passing motorists.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the recent deaths of three juvenile cassowaries highlighted the need to take action to help protect the iconic Far North Queensland species.

“Transport and Main Roads has been working closely with the community, through the Cassowary Recovery Team, to try to find new solutions to this ongoing issue,” Mr Bailey said.

"The Cassowary Recovery Team is made up of experts and volunteers, including representatives from Indigenous and conservation groups, natural resource management, Wet Tropics management, state and local government.”

Terrain organised for Main Roads to meet with stakeholders in mid-June to finalise the design for VAS to help reduce cassowary vehicle strike. Attendees thanked Main Roads for the opportunity and suggested some great minor amendments to make the trial even better for cassowaries and drivers.

The VAS will be along a 1km section of Tully-Mission Beach Rd near Lindsay Road at Carmoo where most of the cassowary deaths have been occurring. The signage will light up when a driver is going over the speed limit, which is 80kph on that section of road.

The works should be completed by August.

Read the full media statement from the Honourable Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply.

Vehicle-activated signs to help protect cassowaries

Published: 23rd Jun 2016

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