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Canberra named Australia’s animal collision capital for third year running

Glynis Quinlan 30 May 2019 68
kangaroo crossing the road near Tidbinbilla

Canberra has been named Australia’s roadkill capital for the third year in a row. Pictured is a kangaroo crossing the road near Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Photo: Glynis Quinlan.

For the third year in a row, Canberra has the unwelcome distinction of being named the animal collision capital of Australia – recording more collisions between motorists and animals than any other Australian city.

According to the latest data from car insurer AAMI, the central area of the city – which includes Majura, Fyshwick and bushland near Mount Ainslie -recorded the highest number of animal collisions in the ACT at 98.

Kambah was the ACT’s second-biggest animal collision hotspot, followed by Hume, Tuggeranong and Belconnen.

The animal collision rankings are based on data from more than 9,000 animal collisions claims lodged with AAMI between March last year and February this year. A total of 698 claims were lodged in the same time period in the ACT.

Wallan, Heathcote and Gisborne in Victoria have claimed the second, third and fourth placings in terms of Australia’s animal collision hotspots, while Canberra’s near neighbour Goulburn has taken out fifth place. For Goulburn, this represents an improvement as it came in second last year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, kangaroos were involved in the vast majority of ACT animal collisions – 96 per cent.

Wombats were involved in one per cent of collisions and wallabies were involved in another one per cent. Collisions with dogs or foxes made up most of the remaining two per cent.

Canberra is Australia’s roadkill capital. Image supplied.

AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said the AAMI data also revealed that the ACT sees a significant spike in animal collisions in winter – adding that this is a timely reminder for motorists with winter only a couple of days away. She called on drivers to be extra vigilant.

“As the days shorten, motorists are sharing the road with animals for longer periods of time as they are most active during dawn and dusk,” Ms Paterson said.

“Wildlife is unpredictable, so we encourage drivers to always expect the unexpected on the road, particularly in signposted wildlife areas.

“Simple things such as being aware of your surroundings, driving to the speed limits, and being extra vigilant at dawn and dusk can help keep you and our wildlife safe.”

ACT Wildlife has previously told Region Media that the AAMI data is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of animal carnage in the ACT, with the figures not including incidents where no damage is done to cars.

They said that other animals or birds which are often killed or injured on ACT roads including cockatoos, turtles, magpies, lizards and possums.

AAMI has provided the following tips for sharing the road with animals:

  • If you notice roadkill, slow down and pay extra attention because it’s an indicator there is wildlife in the area.
  • If you spot a kangaroo crossing the road, it’s a sign more kangaroos will be following as they move in groups.
  • If you see an animal on the road, slow down and brake, but avoid swerving so as not to endanger yourself and other drivers on the road.
  • If you’re involved in a collision with an animal, stop to check its welfare, but only if it is safe to do so. If the animal is alive and injured call your local wildlife rescue service. (ACT Wildlife can be contacted on 0432 300 033 or by clicking here. For injured kangaroos, call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.)
  • If the animal is a dead kangaroo, check if it is a female and if there is a joey(s) in her pouch or around her. Pouches/flaps of wombats and echidnas should also be checked as well as the surrounding area, as young echidnas are often dislodged during a vehicle collision.
  • Use your peripheral vision and be aware of your surroundings, especially when travelling through forest or grassland areas where animals are not clearly visible.

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68 Responses to Canberra named Australia’s animal collision capital for third year running
Jackie Chindamo Jackie Chindamo 8:26 pm 06 Jun 19

Take more care

Grimm 9:30 am 04 Jun 19

Just need to shoot more of them.

Mark Bowell Mark Bowell 4:09 pm 02 Jun 19

We are a big bush city what do you expect

Sharon Patrick Sharon Patrick 10:05 am 02 Jun 19

Slow down, be aware of your surroundings. I lived in bush areas around Canberra and in 15 years I only hit 2 roos, and I drove into Canberra for work every day.

Rosemary Smith Rosemary Smith 9:59 am 02 Jun 19

Motorists should be careful😡

Graeme Eldridge Graeme Eldridge 3:29 am 02 Jun 19

Maybe we should issue the critters with rollerskates to increase their get the fruck out of the way ability.

Neil G. McHardy Neil G. McHardy 4:51 pm 01 Jun 19

The obvious remedy is to reduce speed.

maxblues 3:00 am 01 Jun 19

On the positive side…roadkill jerky…mmmm.

Renee An Renee An 9:52 pm 31 May 19

Natalie cool cool cool

Katrina Lindsay Bucke Katrina Lindsay Bucke 8:59 pm 31 May 19

Deanne Shegog why do we live here mamma?!? 😫😭

Debi Tynan Debi Tynan 8:08 pm 31 May 19

I'm going to get the voice of controversial comment.

I'm not ever support of a senseless slaughter of animals. However, I'd rather a controlled cull where it's a 1 shot kill

Then the amount of animals involved in deaths by cars & trucks, which I would imagine is far less humane and cruel then a proposed cull has even been

It's odd people's outrage at a cull, yet driving by dead and dying animals on the side of the road seems ok & all driver error. Of which I'd strongly disagree.

Colin Henderson Colin Henderson 7:43 pm 31 May 19

Not much you can do when they jump in front of your vehicle.

Di Trewartha Di Trewartha 5:15 pm 31 May 19

Any chance the influx had to do with dry spell & animals moving closer to town for food & water?

If you don't like the bush move into Civic & don't drive....

Tammy Wolffs Tammy Wolffs 5:10 pm 31 May 19

Maybe it's because no other city has (as many) kangaroos - and they are the animals with the least road sense. Can't think of any other animal that stands by the side of the road and waits for a car to come along before bounding in front of it.

Janelle Lehr Janelle Lehr 4:39 pm 31 May 19

Vehicles take more care. This is their home too.

Lindsay Adams Lindsay Adams 4:22 pm 31 May 19

Kangaroos everywhere! Not just at dawn and dusk either! Try driving here for awhile

John Nunes John Nunes 1:16 pm 31 May 19

we build over their land and have all these greenies trying to save them. Hey I'm all for looking after the environment and its animals but when you have natural predators removed from the food chain what do we expect.

Jorge Da Silva Jorge Da Silva 9:33 am 31 May 19

It is the Bush Capital !!

Anne Maegaard Willenborg Anne Maegaard Willenborg 9:24 am 31 May 19

Not surprised.

    Ingrid Barlebo-larsen Ingrid Barlebo-larsen 3:31 am 01 Jun 19

    Anne Maegaard Willenborg with all the roundabouts ???

    Anne Maegaard Willenborg Anne Maegaard Willenborg 7:59 am 01 Jun 19

    Ingrid Barlebo-larsen no, they are actually meant to regulate the traffic and get people to slow down. But Canberrans drive like maniacs, me first, me first, get out of my way, and don’t feel it’s necessary to slow down even surrounded by kangaroos.

Jan Pengilley Jan Pengilley 8:56 am 31 May 19

Andrew Pengilley and that's just in Parliament .

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