KANGAROOS and wallabies may be more safely crossing Mornington Peninsula roads at night thanks to a trial of electronic signs warning road users to their presence.
Mornington Peninsula Shire’s traffic transport office has agreed to install temporary signs at high risk zones on Purves Road, Arthurs Seat and Jetty Road, Boneo.
Similar speed indicator signs are being used for the second year running to caution motorists on the Esplanade, Mt Martha about pedestrians visiting The Pillars rock jumping site.
Results of the wildlife trial will be evaluated and, if acknowledged as a success, may lead to permanent and more informative signs being installed.
The Australian Wildlife Protection Council and the Mornington Peninsula Branch of the Victorian Greens pushed for the trial.
“In certain areas of the peninsula, wildlife – especially kangaroos and wallabies – regularly cross roads,” Nepean Green’s candidate Paul Saunders said. “This endangers the wildlife and also car users, particularly around dawn and dusk.”