Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin has today advised motorists on the NSW north coast of work to install koala grids to prevent koalas accessing the Pacific Motorway.

 Mr Franklin said the koala grids are similar to a cattle grid and are being progressively installed at a number of locations between Tyagarah and Brunswick Heads. 

 “I was thrilled to see one of the first sets of grids which were recently installed on Gulgan Road at Tyagarah,” Mr Franklin said.   

 “Another grid will be installed at Grays Lane, Tyagarah tomorrow, Tuesday 24 July, weather permitting.”

 “Motorists are advised that for work to be carried out safely, Grays Lane access to the Pacific Motorway will be closed between 7am and 5pm.  Motorists can access Grays Lane via Yarun Road from the Gulgan Road (south) interchange.” 

 Mr Franklin said the final set of koala grids will be installed in coming weeks at the southern Brunswick Heads interchange.

 “A noise wall will also be installed on the eastern side of the Old Pacific Highway to minimise any noise impact to nearby residents from motorists travelling across the grids,” Mr Franklin said.   

 “I advise motorists to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

 “Thank you for your patience while this construction work is carried out. Motorist safety is our priority during this time.”

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