News

Man pleads with drivers to stop the roadkill carnage

IN THE past year, Tinana's Eric Van Loenen has seen several dead kangaroos and a koala killed due to vehicle strikes in his area - and he is pleading with drivers to stop the carnage.

Mr Van Loenen said some people weren't paying attention to the speed limit near Springvale Rd and Iindah Rd East, which had resulted in a noticeable increase in road kill.

"There are koala signs but people don't seem to have time to slow down," he said.

"It's a 60 zone - some people go at 100 or 80, while others stick to it."

Mr Van Loenen said he had noticed at least seven dead kangaroos and one dead koala in the past year.

"I have come outside after hearing animals being run over," he said.

"It's always been too late.

"I just see too much wildlife getting run over."

Mr Van Loenen said it was his third year living in the area and there had been a distinct increase.

"The first year we never saw anything get run over ... most of it's been the last six months," he said.

Mr Van Loenen said people needed to remember there was a green zone in the area, through which animals travelled.

"The animals are constantly back and forward through there ... between Koala Cres and Springvale Rd," he said.

"Maybe some more obvious signage (would help) ... and for the people who frequent the area to be a bit more careful during peak times."

Grant Belonje, senior vet at the Walker Street Veterinary Surgery, said people should contact the surgery if they found injured wildlife.

Dr Belonje said the clinic had vets trained at Australia Zoo, was experienced in dealing with wild animals and had dedicated wildlife carers.

"Vets do offer free treatment to wildlife," he said.

"Once the animal gets here we can asses it and see what kind of help it needs."

Dr Belonje said people needed to be careful when dealing with wild animals.

"An injured animal will see you more as a threat than a friend," he said.

Dr Belonje said people needed to be especially careful with large animals and consider calling a vet or wildlife carer for advice.

He said it was also important to note the location the animal was found.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection representative said the department did not maintain data or statistics on animals killed by vehicle strike.

"If a driver is concerned about an animal they have struck with a vehicle they could call a local wildlife carer or the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL," the representative said.

Maryborough police said they had not been advised of any increase in speeding in the area but need people should contact them on 13HOON (134 666) if it was happening.

Topics:  kangaroo, koala, maryborough, roadkill, tinana




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Mary Poppins in the Park and plenty more on this weekend

Local Chalk Artist, Willy Paes has been working on his chalk master piece for the Mary Poppins Festival held in Maryborough on the 5th of July. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Check out the list of things to do this weekend on the Fraser Coast.

Maryborough BMX stars on fire at the CQ titles

ACHIEVERS: Maryborough BMX Club's contingent of Central Queensland plate winners.

Maryborough BMX Club claimed 30 plates at the CQ titles.

OPINION: The Sharks are in the box seat

Titans player Greg Bird fights with Raiders player Joseph Tapine during the Round 16 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast, Sunday June 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Tough to stop Cronulla on pursuit of NRL's minor premiership.

Latest deals and offers

Joel Seeney defies the odds and collects second place in the Max's muscle up challenge

Beating the odds with a point to prove - Maryborough Fitness Health and Bodyworks'...

Dry July on the Fraser Coast

Dry July - Vera Van De Velde (clinical nurse - Alcohol & Other Drugs Support Service) asking drinkers to abstain for the month of July.Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Dry July is a chance to abstain from alcohol for the month of July to raise money...

Maryborough mural poject

Maryborough artist Craig Winter dedicates his Kent Street mural to the story of the Bauer Nurses. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Craig Winter is creating the latest Maryborough Mural Project artwork.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward