‘Urgent’ call for Appin Road koala crossings ignored

A koala rest in the trees.

A koala rest in the trees.

Calls for the immediate installation of fauna overpass crossings for koalas on Appin Road have fallen of deaf ears.

Campbelltown Council last year requested funds from the state government to construct the crossings pronto, to reduce the number of koalas being killed on the road.

Council documents published in the upcoming council meeting’s business papers show a letter penned by parliamentary secretary for planning, Scott MacDonald, did not answer the question directly.

Mr MacDonald said the the state government had been working with Campbelltown and Wollondilly councils to “develop” plans. Though he did not address the calls for “immediate funding”.

Cr Karen Hunt (Labor) who suggest the idea of urgent funding said she was “losing her patience waiting” for something to be done regarding animal crossings on Appin Road.

“They (the state government) are taking their time,” she said.

“We called for an urgent approach but they just ignored it.

“They are all gung-ho to develop down there do anything to help improve the (safety) situation on Appin Road.

“It’s not only to protect the disease free colony of koalas, but also humans (driving along the road).

“Everyone says the road is dangerous but no one is doing anything.”

Keep out: A fauna eclusion fence along the Kings Highway which prevents animals from crossing the highway and redirects them to an underpass to safely cross the highway. Picture: Jay Cronan

Keep out: A fauna eclusion fence along the Kings Highway which prevents animals from crossing the highway and redirects them to an underpass to safely cross the highway. Picture: Jay Cronan

Cr Ben Moroney (Greens) said it was “important” council made their position clear regarding the issues facing Appin Road motorists and the animals that travelled along the corridor.

“I supported the calls because it’s important to make clear what council’s interest are,” he said.

Cr Moroney said he wouldn’t hold his breath either the state or federal government to make substantial safety improvements on the road anytime soon.

“The like things they can make a big announcement about or a media release out of,” he said.

A truck travelling along Appin Road.

A truck travelling along Appin Road.

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