Devil Roadkill

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A concerned resident recently asked P&W if there was anything we could do to make the stretch of road where the Devils get skittled every year (between Banksia Park and the Lake) safer for them.

Please see the response below.

“A key initiative that I launched last year, was the development of a free ‘Roadkill Tasmania’ app. The app is being trialled to identify roadkill hotspots, with the data collected used to implement targeted mitigation measures, such as virtual fences, at these hotspots.

Given your interest, I would appreciate if you could encourage your fellow members of the Sisters Beach community to download the app and contribute their observations of roadkill to this important initiative.

Effective reduction of roadkill requires the cooperative efforts of not only state and local governments, but businesses and communities as well. I am advised that the roads you are concerned about are owned and managed by the relevant local council.

While my Department will happily support the Waratah-Wynyard Council with advice about mitigation measures they could consider, like rumble strips or virtual fencing, their installation and upkeep would ultimately be a matter for the Council. I would therefore encourage you to contact the Council as the relevant road manager for their advice.

If you wish to obtain further information about the app, virtual fencing or other roadkill strategies being undertaken please contact the Wildlife Management Branch of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.
— Hon Elise Archer MP, Minister for Environment
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