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Partners work together to protect little penguins


Little penguins at Lillico Beach Conservation Area in Tasmania’s north west are now better protected thanks to a joint project between the State Government and volunteers.

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) and Friends of Lillico Penguins (FoLP) have worked in partnership to repair fencing and trim vegetation to keep the birds off the Bass Highway.

 PWS acting Parks and Reserves Manager Linda Overend said the roadside penguin fence had been damaged by motor vehicles and fallen trees.

“The base of the fence was insecure in a number of places enabling the penguins to push underneath. They then risked entrapment in the fence or gained access to the four-lane highway,” Ms Overend said.

“Adjacent vegetation had also created a ‘ramp’ for penguins to vault over the fence.

“The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources  engaged local contractor Equity Labour Services of Ulverstone to survey the burrows with PWS staff and then undertake the works.”

More than 200 heavy-duty steel pegs have been used to secure the base of the 2.6km of new fencing.

Partners work together to protect little penguins

DIER contractors Equity Labour Services undertaking fencing works aimed at keeping the birds off the Bass Highway.

Partners work together to protect little penguins

The completed fence.