Wildlife awareness monitors

Further to the success of the Speed Awareness Monitors program, Brisbane City Council is installing wildlife awareness monitors as part of an initiative to help protect and maintain our city's biodiversity.

About the initiative

From December 2019, Council will install wildlife awareness monitors at high-priority wildlife sites across Brisbane. The initiative will alert drivers to the potential presence of wildlife in an effort to reduce road kill and increase driver awareness of high wildlife presence on our roads.

As part of this initiative, wildlife awareness monitors were installed at the following sites in December 2019. 

This table includes details for the installation of wildlife awareness monitors at a selection of Brisbane locations.
Suburb Road Direction Details
Coorparoo Boundary Road Northbound North of Cavendish Road
Coorparoo Boundary Road Southbound South of Whites Hill Reserve access
McDowall Beckett Road Northbound South of Cabbage Tree Creek
McDowall Beckett Road Southbound South of Saturn Crescent
Nathan Toohey Road Southbound Near Toohey Forest car park
Wynnum West Wynnum Road Southbound Near Kianawah Road

How the monitors work

Wildlife awareness monitors are proposed to be permanent installations and are solar-powered. Messaging on the signs can be customised, based on wildlife movements across the seasons.

The monitors are installed with radars that detect speed as drivers approach. Depending on the driver's speed, one of the following two messages is displayed.

  1. A smiling koala face is displayed when the driver is travelling at or below the posted speed limit.
  2. A 'slow down' message is displayed if the driver is travelling above the speed limit.

The purpose of the monitors is to alert drivers to their speed to improve road safety and reduce road kill, not to issue infringement notices.

More information

If you would like to find out more about wildlife awareness monitors, you can:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Wildlife Awareness Monitors project
    Transport Planning and Operations
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:12 February 2020
Topics: wildlife