Electronic warning signs help protect wildlife

Article image - Electronic warning signs help protect wildlife Electronic warning signs in Red Hill are helping protect the kangaroo population and reducing the human road toll.

The installation of electronic warning signs in Red Hill in 2019 has reduced kangaroo roadkill on rural roads in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria.

The project was funded through a $30,000 grant from the TAC’s Wildlife Electronic Signage project and a $10,000 Council contribution.

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council was a project partner, and the Nepean Greens and Red Hill South Landcare Group were supportive of the project.

The initiative saw the installation of four new solar-powered, risk-based variable message signs on priority rural roads that have been identified with higher incidents of kangaroo deaths on the road.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Sam Hearn, said, “The project evaluation has already shown a significant reduction in kangaroo roadkill and also a reduction in vehicle speeds along the project roads.

“We hope this signage will continue to inform and educate road users of wildlife risks associated with Peninsula rural roads and encourage safer driver behaviour”.

Councillor David Gill was a strong advocate for this project on behalf of the Red Hill Ward community.

“Community concerns regarding kangaroos and other fauna being killed on our rural roads has been significant for some time. These new signs will help contribute towards both saving human life and the protection of our dwindling wildlife”.