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Magnetic Island Wildlife Reflector Project

In December 2003 the Magnetic Island Wildlife Reflector Project was celebrated at the Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve. The project, coordinated by Townsville City Council and local Wildlife Carer, Jenny Mulcahy, has been designed to reduce the number of wallabies and possums injured or killed on Island roads.

The project works by installing reflectors along the roadside on guide posts that are activated by the headlights of approaching vehicles. Light is reflected into the surrounding bushland only, producing an optical warning fence that causes the animal to freeze. Once the vehicle passes, the reflectors become inactive and wildlife can then cross the road. The program is aimed at assisting the protection of animals. More can be done by:
  • Being aware of wildlife crossing the road
  • Driving carefully at night
  • Not feeding the local wildlife


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