The group aims to focus on and assist like-minded individuals and organisations in the mitigation of roadkill in Tasmania, and particularly in the Tamar Valley; to effectively use existing and proven mitigation strategies and methods, and to develop additional innovative ways; and, to partner with other groups to further develop and strengthen policies to reduce roadkill.

Who we are

Inaugural members include several people with extensive knowledge and experience in wildlife care and rescue, and it’s anticipated that training will be provided to ensure all members have the necessary accreditation to enable species identification, rescue, and the safe disposal of carcasses.

Where we work

Our group is based in George Town / Low Head and its volunteering activity will spread over regions as far as Launceston and towns east and west of the Tamar and will liaise with like minded groups such as the rescue team at West Tamar/Meander Valley and participating in programs like Save The Tasmanian Devil.

What we do

The Tamar Valley Wildlife Roadkill Initiative aims to focus on and assist like-minded individuals and organisations in the mitigation of roadkill in Tasmania, and particularly in the Tamar Valley; to effectively use existing and proven mitigation strategies and methods, and to develop additional innovative ways; and, to partner with other groups to further develop and strengthen policies to reduce roadkill.

Strategies and activities may include:

  • Wildlife roadkill and injured wildlife rescue
  • Virtual fencing – proposals to various Town Councils and assisting with installation when needed
  • Rescue training for volunteers as conducted through Bonorong Animal Sanctuary
  • Public Education on driver alertness and collision avoidance especially reaching out to learner drivers (through schools)
  • Fundraising through grants and approaches to stakeholders like insurance companies
  • Ongoing recruitment of volunteers
  • Involving other stakeholders such as the Department of State Growth for removal of carcasses and road construction
  • Researching previous roadkill studies that might help identify hotspots
  • Working with local councils and the Department of State Growth to improve or install road signage

Contacts 

President: Bruce George – georgeandhart@bigpond.com