Coastal emus in danger.
Coastal emus in danger.

Claims endangered coastal emu threatened by Pacific Hwy work

THE Pacific Highway bypass could spell the end for the endangered coastal emu, says a local conservationist.

John Edwards from the Clarence Valley Environment Centre, said the species was down to about 100 individuals and with the highway cutting through their habitat, their future looked bleak.

Mr Edwards said highway plans to allow emus to negotiate the highway through underpasses was not properly thought out.

"There's only one real underpass, the rest are just culverts," he said.

Mr Edwards said other wildlife would also suffer when construction began.

"I don't know why they've chosen to go right where they have," he said.

"If they'd move it half a kilometre they would go through open land.

"The route now goes through old growth forest."

Mr Edwards said there were three endangered plant species in the path of the highway in the Clarence Valley alone.



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