New highway nest boxes for our natives
MORE than 400 new nest boxes installed along the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek and Halfway Creek to Glenugie sections of the Pacific Hwy upgrade are providing safe new habitats for native animals.
Major work has already started on the first two sections of the 155 kilometre upgrade, and the nest boxes have been built and installed to minimise the impact on animals in the surrounding areas.
Recent monitoring of nest boxes on the Kempsey Bypass showed squirrel gliders, sugar gliders, brushtail and ringtail possums, microbats and lorikeets using these structures - with the same results expected in the Clarence Valley.
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the nest boxes provided a social benefit as local businesses were engaged to build the structures.
Grafton Men's Shed and Orara and Clarence Industries each supplied 40 boxes for the Woolgoolga to Glenugie sections.