Wildlife Awareness Monitors

Council has installed Wildlife Awareness Monitors (WAMs) as part of an initiative to help protect and maintain our city's biodiversity.

About the initiative

Council has installed 41 Wildlife Awareness Monitors at high-priority wildlife sites across Brisbane since December 2019. The initiative alerts drivers to the potential presence of wildlife in an effort to reduce the risk of animal strikes and increase driver awareness of high wildlife presence on our roads.

As part of this initiative, Wildlife Awareness Monitors have been installed at the following sites. 

This table includes details for the installation of wildlife awareness monitors at a selection of Brisbane locations.
Suburb Road Direction Details
Anstead Hawkesbury Road Northbound Near Witty Road
Anstead Hawkesbury Road Southbound Near Essendon Road
Belmont Mount Petrie Road Northbound Near Greendale Way
Belmont Mount Petrie Road Southbound North of Brisbane Gun Club access
Burbank Ford Road Northbound Opposite property 350
Burbank Ford Road Southbound Near property 300
Cannon Hill Creek Road Northbound Approaching Minnippi Boulevard
Cannon Hill Creek Road Southbound Approaching Minnippi Boulevard
Carindale Creek Road Northbound Near Bendena Terrace
Carindale Creek Road Southbound Near Weekes Road
Carindale Old Cleveland Road Eastbound Near Bridgnorth Street
Carindale Old Cleveland Road Westbound Near Bridgnorth Street
Carindale Scrub Road Northbound Near Oakley Street
Carindale Scrub Road Southbound Near Cribb Road
Carindale Winstanley Street Eastbound Near Surbiton Court
Carindale Winstanley Street Northbound Near Firmiston Street
Chandler Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road Eastbound 260m west of Geldart Road
Chandler Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road Westbound Near property 1739
Chermside West Hamilton Road Eastbound Near Keaton Street
Chermside West Hamilton Road Westbound Near Keaton Street
Coorparoo Boundary Road Northbound North of Cavendish Road
Coorparoo Boundary Road Southbound South of Whites Hill Reserve access
Mansfield Pine Mountain Road Eastbound Opposite Gretna Street
Mansfield Pine Mountain Road Westbound Adjacent Turubul Crescent Park
McDowall Beckett Road Northbound South of Cabbage Tree Creek
McDowall Beckett Road Southbound South of Saturn Crescent
McDowall Rode Road Eastbound Near Trouts Road
McDowall Rode Road Westbound Approaching Appleby Road
Mt Crosby Wattle Street Northbound Near Mount Crosby Road
Mt Crosby Swensons Road Southbound Near Flaggy Creek Road
Mount Gravatt East Cavendish Road Northbound Near Camlet Street
Mount Gravatt East Cavendish Road Southbound Near Nursery Road
Nathan Toohey Road Southbound Near Toohey Forest car park
Pullenvale Pullenvale Road Westbound Near property 246
Ransome Rickertt Road Eastbound 330m east of Green Camp Road
Ransome Rickertt Road Westbound 30m west of driveway of #101
Salisbury Orange Grove Road Northbound Near Pevny Street
Salisbury Orange Grove Road Southbound Near Allandale Street
Wacol Wilruna Street Southbound Near bus stop
Wynnum West Wynnum Road Southbound Near Kianawah Road
Wynnum West Wynnum Road Eastbound Near Fleming Road

How the monitors work

Wildlife Awareness Monitors are permanent installations that are solar-powered. Messaging on the signs is customised, based on wildlife movements across the seasons, such as during breeding or Joey season.

The monitors are installed with radars that detect speed as vehicles approach. Depending on the vehicle'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 monitors is to alert drivers to their speed to improve road safety and minimise the risk of animal strikes, not to issue infringement notices.

Other road safety initiatives

Further to the success of the WAMs and SAMs programs, Council has installed Automated Flooded Road Warning Systems (AFRWS). The systems help to improve motorist awareness of flooded road conditions during periods of heavy rainfall and reduce the risk of motorists driving into floodwaters.  

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
    Transport Planning and Operations
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 8 February 2023
Topics: wildlife

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