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Letter: Preventing wildlife road deaths

I THINK there might be an answer to reducing quite significantly the wildlife deaths on the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk. I’m sure the insurance companies and those drivers who are traumatised by hitting animals on the road would like a solution to the problem.

Towards the end of the passing lanes at Murphys Flat there is a fire trail heading uphill. People may remember it as where Dr Sweet used to walk to observe eagles. Three-parts of the way up, there is a flat area with an old dam and good vegetation. If the dam was always to have water in it, the following solution might help to reduce the number of animals heading down to the River Derwent.

The solution: Parks and Wildlife, Sustainable Timber and the Tasmania Fire Service need to train firefighters, test out equipment and conduct four-wheel-drive training. This could be done in the area of the fire trail and dam. Whilst there, water would be sprayed about and a consequence of this would be to keep the area green.

This solution would come at almost no cost and should be considered.


NOTE: In the May 17, 2024, New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News print edition, this letter was incorrectly attributed to Pat Murray rather than Pat Marshall.

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