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.
SuburbRoadDirectionDetails
AnsteadHawkesbury RoadNorthboundNear Witty Road
AnsteadHawkesbury RoadSouthboundNear Essendon Road
BelmontMount Petrie RoadNorthboundNear Greendale Way
BelmontMount Petrie RoadSouthboundNorth of Brisbane Gun Club access
BurbankFord RoadNorthboundOpposite property 350
BurbankFord RoadSouthboundNear property 300
Cannon HillCreek RoadNorthboundApproaching Minnippi Boulevard
Cannon HillCreek RoadSouthboundApproaching Minnippi Boulevard
CarindaleCreek RoadNorthboundNear Bendena Terrace
CarindaleCreek RoadSouthboundNear Weekes Road
CarindaleOld Cleveland RoadEastboundNear Bridgnorth Street
CarindaleOld Cleveland RoadWestboundNear Bridgnorth Street
CarindaleScrub RoadNorthboundNear Oakley Street
CarindaleScrub RoadSouthboundNear Cribb Road
CarindaleWinstanley StreetEastboundNear Surbiton Court
CarindaleWinstanley StreetNorthboundNear Firmiston Street
ChandlerMt Gravatt-Capalaba RoadEastbound260m west of Geldart Road
ChandlerMt Gravatt-Capalaba RoadWestboundNear property 1739
Chermside WestHamilton RoadEastboundNear Keaton Street
Chermside WestHamilton RoadWestboundNear Keaton Street
CoorparooBoundary RoadNorthboundNorth of Cavendish Road
CoorparooBoundary RoadSouthboundSouth of Whites Hill Reserve access
MansfieldPine Mountain RoadEastboundOpposite Gretna Street
MansfieldPine Mountain RoadWestboundAdjacent Turubul Crescent Park
McDowallBeckett RoadNorthboundSouth of Cabbage Tree Creek
McDowallBeckett RoadSouthboundSouth of Saturn Crescent
McDowallRode RoadEastboundNear Trouts Road
McDowallRode RoadWestboundApproaching Appleby Road
Mt CrosbyWattle StreetNorthboundNear Mount Crosby Road
Mt CrosbySwensons RoadSouthboundNear Flaggy Creek Road
Mount Gravatt EastCavendish RoadNorthboundNear Camlet Street
Mount Gravatt EastCavendish RoadSouthboundNear Nursery Road
NathanToohey RoadSouthboundNear Toohey Forest car park
PullenvalePullenvale RoadWestboundNear property 246
RansomeRickertt RoadEastbound330m east of Green Camp Road
RansomeRickertt RoadWestbound30m west of driveway of #101
SalisburyOrange Grove RoadNorthboundNear Pevny Street
SalisburyOrange Grove RoadSouthboundNear Allandale Street
WacolWilruna StreetSouthboundNear bus stop
Wynnum WestWynnum RoadSouthboundNear Kianawah Road
Wynnum WestWynnum RoadEastboundNear 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.
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