4 CITY NEWS MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Taking extra care of our wildlife We all have a role to play in the preservation of our magnificent fauna. Latest City data reveals the extent of wildlife-vehicle collisions on our roads. The report identified a high density of collision hotspots between koalas and vehicles concentrated along several key roads within Currumbin Waters and Currumbin Valley, Elanora, Tallebudgera, and Burleigh Heads areas. Major roads within the northern suburbs also pose a risk with further hotspots in Parkwood, Arundel, Coombabah as well as Helensvale. Two key issues have been identified: driver behaviour and the need for more mitigation measures. The City currently undertakes a range of measures to reduce strikes such as fauna exclusion fencing, fauna underpasses, static wildlife signage, koala speed awareness devices, variable messaging signs as well as community education and awareness messaging. But we must do more – and we are. New mitigation measures to be explored include: Additional signage (static as well as vehicle activated); new fauna fencing; modify existing fencing; installing fauna culverts; vegetation management; vehicle calming devices such as speed humps, rumble strips and chicanes; koala grids (to restrict access to roads) and koala ladders (to enable escape from roads). More than 13,000 records of wildlife-vehicle collisions (all native species) have been reported on Gold Coast roads in the last decade and koalas make up 12.5 per cent of these records. I urge drivers to play their part and slow down at known koala hot spots, especially around dawn and dusk. TOM TATE MAYOR We’re shaping the future of the Gold Coast. The Corporate Plan supports the implementation of the City Vision, Inspired by lifestyle. Driven by opportunity. It outlines what we want to achieve for the community over the next five years. We want to ensure we meet the needs and aspirations of our residents and customers, and that the Gold Coast continues to be a great place to live, work and visit. For updates on the Corporate Plan engagement, head to gchaveyoursay.com.au to sign up. Could your dog find their way home? We know you love your dog and want to do everything you can to keep them safe and happy. Last year, 839 dogs were picked up outside of their home. Thankfully many were reunited with their owners, however not all dogs were lucky enough to go home. To improve the chances of them being safely re-united with you if they get lost or go wandering, keep their details upto-date. If you have moved address, have new contact details or your dog’s microchip details have changed, you can update your details quickly and easily by scanning our QR code or calling our friendly team today, on 07 5667 5990. The Corporate Plan Your city, your ideas.