* Road Management Toolbox and Connectivity Assessments

Ballina Shire Council
Ballina Local Government Area

We have simultaeously been working on two projects with Ballina Shire Council, the first looking at the issue of road reserves in the landscape context of the distribution of koalas and their habitat, the second examining the capacity of council-managed paper roads to contribute to better connectivity outcomes for koalas.

Both projects have yielded interesting outcomes, enabling the development of new tools to assist Councils in better managing and understanding the role of road reserves and their use by koalas, while paper roads can clearly offer a means of increasing the connectivity potential in extensively fragmented landscapes. Our draft reports on both projects have now been submitted and are currently being considered by Council officers.