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Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wildlife Fatalities

3 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that a high-tech alarm system known as ‘virtual fencing’ has been shown to reduce roadkill by up to 82 per cent.

(2)           Notes that the virtual fencing system has been praised by organisations such as Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, as well as local governments, and that both Latrobe and Kentish Councils have moved to advocate for a statewide trial.

(3)           Notes that so far Tasmania is the only state to trial the technology brought to Australia by Wildlife Safety Solutions and that the alarm system is currently being trialled at three locations around the State, with a fourth starting in the south.

(4)           Notes that at a cost of $7,000 per kilometre, virtual fencing has been heralded as the most cost effective way of protecting wildlife and reducing roadkill, and is much cheaper than actual fencing.

(5)           Notes that given the plight of the Tasmanian Devil, and in light of the fact that 17 of the 49 healthy devils released from captive populations have been killed on our roads so far, it is almost imperative for the survival of that species alone that we urgently address the matter of Tasmanian wildlife being killed by motor vehicles.

(6)           Notes that along with animal welfare and threatened species concerns, it is a well known fact that many mainland and international visitors to our State lament the high number of wildlife carcasses on our roads.

(7)           Calls on Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Rene Hidding MP, to undertake to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.