Call for wildlife signs on Briagolong Rd

In recent months, the number of wildlife killed on the Briagolong Rd at this creek junction has raised concerns about driver safety.

REGIONAL Roads Victoria is investigating the installation of wildlife signs on the Briagolong Rd-Blackall Creek junction, following concerns about animal-related accidents.
The authority is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to gather data on the number of accidents on the road between Briagolong and Stratford following resident concerns.
One resident said there had been five incidents involving vehicles hitting wildlife in the past five months, with the latest on Monday when a vehicle collided with a swamp wallaby crossing the road.
The resident said the stretch of road was a lure to wildlife, which used the often-dry creek bed as a thoroughfare before entering the road at the junction.
“It’s sad to see so many dead wombats and wallabies killed there, but it’s also very dangerous for drivers who can’t see them at night and often swerve to try to avoid them.
“It’s a dip in the road so drivers speed up when they should slow down, and they have no chance of stopping.
“On such as narrow part of the road, if a car was coming the other way that would be disastrous.”
Department of Transport region director Sara Rhodes-Ward said preventing collisions with animals was an ongoing challenge, as wildlife was unpredictable and entered roads regardless of roadside conditions.
“When driving in areas where wildlife may be on the move, we encourage motorists to ensure they stick to safe speeds, leave plenty of space between them and the car in front and remain aware — particularly at dawn and dusk,” she said.
Ms Rhodes-Ward said the DoT always considered wildlife impacts during the planning stage of all road projects through ecological and fauna investigations, and worked with DELWP, councils, and at times, wildlife protection groups.
Responding to requests for wildlife signs at the junction, the department will consult with DELWP to determine the “most prominent wildlife in the area and their migration patterns”.
“When we unfortunately find or receive reports of a wildlife hazard on the network, our crews attend as soon as possible to ensure the road is safe per the Road Management Act,” Ms Rhodes-Ward said.
Drivers who come across injured native animals should phone Wildlife Victoria on 8400 7300.