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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
October / November 2010 35 Life on the move Ihave just got home after 20,000 kilometres around Australia. I saw roadkill including pigs, goats, emus, cattle, horses, camels, foxes and kangaroos by the truck load. I didn’t travel at night but I had a lot of kangaroos run away from me as I approached, so seeing as I didn’t hit anything, the whistles must work – or maybe I was just lucky! Kevin Saward Ihave had no fatal encounters at all in my travels from Beauty Point to L aunceston daily, but do see plenty of roadkill on the West Tamar Highway. I am so pleased they seem to be working, for me anyway. The Midlands Highway and the Lake Leake Highway on weekends has been much the same, however I am not seeing any wildlife dead or alive, on the Lake Leake Highway most nights, which does not bode well for the state of our wildlife population. Karen McGuinness We have been devastated by the needless number of native animals that are killed or maimed on our roads each year. On moving to Tassie two years ago my cousin alerted us to these life-saving devices and from the start have found them to be a great deterrent. Of course there are always the skittish ones who don’t know which way to run away! So we still drive as carefully as possible. Bryan & Chris Chester Unfortunately I need to report that both the devices fell off and were lost during the heavy rains we experienced in the north. What I can report is that as I noticed the wallabies not moving away from my vehicle, I went to check that the devices were not clogged and found them missing. My overall opinion is that they work well where the vehicle speed is above 70 km/h and that below 65 km/h they appear to have little or no effect. I suggest that the ‘waterproof ’ retention quality of the double-sided tape be reconsidered by the manufacturer. Mike Turner Holden v Ford ...or should that be Ford v Holden? Wherever you sit in the great debate, this book is one to add to your collection. Author Steve Bedwell has succeeded in covering what we all love (or hate) about the r ivalry between Holden and Ford (Ford and Holden...whatever!) It is a book written with passion. Full of interesting facts and a degree of humour, it covers the histor y of both manufacturers, their marketing techniques, the competition of Bathurst and trends such as the Sandman van, complete with custom air-brushing. It contains some great images and some very interesting tales such as ‘Who Stole my HO’ (that’s an XY GTHO Phase III Falcon by the way). This book has certainly found a place on my bookshelf. Look in good bookshops now. Lindy George We have a copy to give away. Entry details on page 45. Ihaven’t seen a noticeable scar ing effect on the animals around Oyster Cove and Cygnet, where I often drive at night. In fact, it seems to be the opposite – I’m now finding that animals stop still in the middle of the road as I reach them. I find I have to honk the hor n to get them to move off the road, which I’ve never had to do before. It’s as if they think they are out of danger from me as I stop, and are reluctant to move any further out of my way than absolutely necessary. I definitely haven’t become complacent about using my old methods of avoiding animals – driving more slowly at night, staying aler t, eating my carrots to ensure my sight is good. Liz Sharples Unfortunately, the device let us down a couple of weeks ago. (We have only one left as the other has fallen off. It seems that the tape is inadequate for the job.) We were travelling at night on a country road at about 40km/h, a wallaby rushed out and we were unable to avoid him. However, that is the only critter that has taken us on. The rest have either stayed in the bush or stayed at the edge of the road. Several have done the latter. I guess that either the device failed or we were travelling too slowly for it to be effective. Imelda McShane Nothing much to repor t on our K imberleys jour ney until dr iving into Geikie Gorge we encountered many wallabies. They were in groups and retreated from the road verges as we approached. There was ample evidence of earlier roadkill. In transit from Port Headland to Eighty Mile Beach on a gravel road, there was ample road kill and frequent sightings but no intrusion into our path. Unfortunately both whistles disappeared in the in the South Headland car wash. I replaced them with a pair, Lion Brand $7.99 as I am now reluctant to travel without them. Ian Wallace Whistle in the wind Our sonic animal scarer testers keep sending in their reports. Here’s a sample:
Aug Sep 2010