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Northern Rivers' Koala road death toll up to 59 for the year

THE Northern Star and Friends of the Koala have embarked on a campaign to raise awareness about the number of koalas killed on our roads.

There have been 59 koalas killed this year on our roads, up from 38 at the same time last year.

FoK vice-president Ros Irwin said the message was "slow down, keep your eyes open and don't be distracted".

Ms Irwin said the construction of the Pacific Highway has been a factor in the high number of deaths, with koalas being displaced and either ending up on the road or in front of heavy machinery.

But she said the busy pace of modern life meant people were often in a hurry when driving and they might not be able to slow in time for koalas and other wildlife.

"Cars become people's world and they may not notice animals," she said.

Ms Irwin said particularly on country roads where there were koala signs, drivers needed to take care.

"These are wildlife corridor areas where there are known koala populations," she said.

She said koalas would sometimes sit on the road.

She said by publishing the figures about how

many koalas had been killed, like the media does for the human road toll, it might make people think a bit more about driving carefully.

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