Wimmera Wildlife Awareness group launches spring campaign

A NEW wildlife awareness group will try to reduce the number road incidents involving animals, as part of a spring campaign.

The Wimmera Wildlife Awareness group campaign will aim to educate the community on how to avoid road incidents with animals, and how deal with situations that might arise from animals on the roads.

Group member Rae Stone said she had been involved in wildlife rescue for a number of years and saw a need for more guidance and assistance for wildlife on the roads.

“This time of the year, the spring babies come out and we’ve had a deluge of rain, which is great, but it can displace some animals as well,” she said.

“Animals are on the move at the moment, especially kangaroos, and they can be a hazard.

“We are warning people to slow down because without our native wildlife, our habitats and natural environmental will suffer.”

The group has develop a flyer that they will distribute to businesses for display.

“We are advising people what to do if they do come across injured wildlife,” Ms Stone said.

“The flyer is designed so it can be kept in the car to provide relevant information when needed.”

The group involves four members from Victoria Police, GWMWater and Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Ms Stone works at West Wimmera Shire. 

“We are all from diverse professional backgrounds,” she said. 

“The group started in February after we started a course with the Wimmera Development Association

“We think this will be an ongoing project and hopefully we will have more initiatives down the track if we have a positive response to this campaign.”

Ms Stone said people could download a copy of the flyer from the West Wimmera Shire Council website or Facebook page.

She said for more information, or to become involved in the group, people could call her on 0423 367 744.

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