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May 2, 2024

Please take care when driving to and from the event. The roads into and out of St Albans are narrow and not suitable for high-speeds, the posted speed limit might be 80km/hr but travelling a lot slower than that is recommended, especially when you are not familiar with the area. Plan accordingly, allow extra time and please drive carefully and to the conditions.

Take special care when driving to/from St Albans for native wildlife, especially at dusk/dawn and at night. Wombats, wallabies and, increasingly, koalas can all be crossing the road in front of you. These animals are not used to high volumes of traffic on the road and are easily dazed by headlights. Hitting an animal, will not only most likely end in its death or serious injury, but damage to you, your passengers and your vehicle.

If you do hit any wildlife when driving to/from St Albans please stop and follow these steps:

1. Please stop and check the animal when it is safe to do so.

2. Is it still alive? Does it have a baby in its pouch or standing nearby?

3. If the animal is dead, please move it off the road so it doesn’t cause an accident for another motorist – make it obvious that the animal has been checked (placing sticks or branches on top of the body for example).

4. If the animal is alive or has a baby in the pouch – carefully move the animal off the road so it won’t get run over. Then call WIRES with the details of the location.

5. If you can stay with the animal until a rescuer gets there, that is ideal, however, we know that mobile coverage is patchy, so you may need to leave to get reception. If you do leave, try and leave some kind of marker so the rescuer can find the animal.

The number for WIRES is 1300 094 737

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