How these roadside posts may save the lives of thousands of animals

Olivia Lambert
News Editor

What appear to be innocuous green posts on the side of the road have a special use that could save some of Australia’s wildlife.

The posts have been popping up on roadsides in the Sunshine Coast, with residents praising the council for installing them.

A Nambour resident said on Facebook the community had lobbied council for the green posts and they responded.

“The insignificant looking post is one of many which have been placed along the road where I live,” the woman wrote.

The posts are used to deter wildlife from coming near the roads. Source: Facebook

“We’d had many kangaroos and other wildlife killed after being hit by cars.

“These posts are activated by car headlights shining on them and emit a loud buzzing sound thereby deterring wildlife from crossing the road.”

The woman said she had not seen any dead wildlife since the posts were put in place two months ago.

Others joined the woman in praising the Sunshine Coast Council, with many saying they hoped other areas would follow.

“Our road can sometimes be used as a speedway for non locals. Well done,” one said.

A Sunshine Coast resident says she hasn't seen any dead wildlife since the posts were installed. Source: Getty/file

The Sunshine Coast Council said in a statement the “virtual fence” was designed by Wildlife Safety Solutions and was initially used to protect the Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania.

During a trial of the posts in Sippy Downs, councillor Christian Dickson hoped it would be a win-win for kangaroos and motorists.

“Council is committed to protecting our natural environment,” he said.

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