Tenders called for trial emu fencing on Pacific Hwy upgrade
TENDERS have been invited to install temporary emu fencing for the Glenugie to Tyndale section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade.
Roads and Maritime Services is inviting tenders from qualified fencing contractors to supply, install and maintain temporary fencing.
A RMS spokesperson said work would involve clearing a four metre wide corridor where required and installing about four kilometres of combined wildlife, emu and stock fence as well as an emu crossing structure between the Wooli-Tucabia Road and 700 metres north of Mitchell Road.
"Roads and Maritime proposes to build exclusion fencing in areas of highest emu activity along the new alignment before major work starts," the spokesperson said.
"This will allow emus to become accustomed to proposed crossing locations, and to trial an innovative emu crossing structure designed to allow the free passage of the birds while also acting as a stock fence.
"The trial fence will be monitored by a Roads and Maritime ecologist to assess how emus respond to the new crossing areas, while also informing the detailed design phase for the new motorway."
Roads and Maritime Services completed two aerial surveys using a low flying helicopter across a 250 kilometre square area last week to record emu movement, distribution and habitat to the east and west of the highway corridor between Pillar Valley and Maclean.
Two surveys carried out for two hours each last Wednesday and Thursday covered areas not readily accessible by foot or vehicle including significant floodplain, cane fields and bush land.
The survey located two emus, which indicated the population is much more sparsely located than anticipated.