Risk of vehicle strike on access road
Threatened species are at risk of vehicle strike from hooning, other motor vehicle activities and motor/trail/mini bikes driven close to koala habitat within a koala breeding area. In January 2016 bollards were installed adjacent to the three speed humps along the access road as a measure to stop hooning on the grass verge. Not only are the newly installed bollards ineffective in stopping hooning, but also are an impediment to the ability of motorists to be able to clearly see koalas crossing the road.
Hooning occurs on the sports field and access road within koala breeding sites where koalas have been sighted on the ground during the day. Obviously this poses a large threat to koalas and bush stone-curlew not only from the point of view of vehicle strike but also excessive noise that causes stress to koalas and other wildlife. See videos.
In January 2015 council resolved to prepare a report on how hooning can be stopped. In December 2015 council resolved to install bollards adjacent to the three speed humps on the grass verge on the northern side of the access road. The council report states: The photographic evidence supplied is predominantly of wheel ruts from vehicles driving on the wet grass road verge and not the circular pattern and level of damage generally associated with ‘hooning’. However, photos taken by the local resident to which the report refers clearly indicate that the wheel ruts and burn-outs are 'hoon-like'. In January 2016 the bollards were installed, and only 12 days after their installation another hooning event occurred.
Home-made spud-cannon launching
This has occurred on the sports field and in close proximity to koala habitat. How many of these spuds have landed in koala habitat creating stress for them and other threatened species?
Occurs in close proximity to koala habitat (see Fire ).
Teen parties - fires, loud music, alcohol and vandalism
As a result of a petition signed by Black Rocks by the Sea residents to stop these parties and to increase koala protection, a permanently locked boom gate was installed in June 2013.
In spite of the installation of bollards and locked koala/dog gates at night, hooning and vandalism is still a big problem at the Black Rocks sports field, mainly due to its isolated location and lack of monitoring. Clearly the best solution for koalas and the other threatened species is to permanently enclave the area and revegetate the sports field (as Dr Steve Phillips and several other ecologists have recommended) so humans have no easy access to it. Otherwise hooning will never end and koalas will have no hope of ever recovering from all the impacts, especially the devastating Christmas day fire in 2014.
For other threats to koalas at Black Rocks sports field area click here
Ecologist Sandy Pimm
In her email dated 5/12/13 she said:
‘Once traffic enters the area beyond the subdivision's koala fence, there is no mechanism to separate vehicles from koalas and some people will inevitably push the boundaries and 'hoon' out of there at high speed. Eventually koala death will result.’
Evidence of bullet holes in council signage and pump shed. How many koalas and other wildlife have been shot at that we don’t know about?