AllRound Tree Services are proudly collaborating with habitat spotters from the Department of Main Roads and Transport (DMRT). The joint venture helping to protect animal habitats forms part of the tree clearing work for the upgrade of the intersection of Peel and Lee Roads with the Caboolture–Bribie Island Road at Ningi.
The intersection upgrade is one item in the Queensland Government’s $3.7 million Safer Roads Sooner program, which is targeting known and potential crash sites for cost-effective safety-first measures. The aim of the improvements is to not only improve safety, but also to ease congestion and increase road capacity to cater for future traffic volumes on the Bribie Island Bridge, tipped to peak by 2031.
The project is further example of the environmental consciousness of AllRound Tree Services. Tree clearing around the intersection site represented a week’s work, with a habitat spotter from RoadTech (a DMRT supplier) present at all times. All animals ranging from koalas, possums and birds down to the smallest insects were first spotted by the eagle-eyed RoadTech staffer and removed before trees were lopped and felled, and then carefully relocated.
AllRound Tree Services is proud of its commitment to environmental protection and preservation, including animal safety and habitat preservation. Owner-director Simon Maloney and his staff volunteer for Bribie & District Wildlife Rescue and take regular requests for koala relocations and kitten rescues in their stride.
All road upgrade jobs now require professional habitat spotters – a welcome development, according to Simon. He is in the process of overseeing his staff upgrade their present arboricultural and environmental qualifications to add habitat spotting to their professional skillset.
Other intersections at Ningi will also form part of the major road upgrade program – the Aylward Road intersection with the Caboolture–Bribie Island Road, and the intersection of Beames Road and Pinelands Way. In the meantime, AllRound is looking forward to supporting a road upgrade at Mudjimba, where they will again help ensure the safety of local animals as well as that of road users.