The Nuggets Rd yellow-eyed penguin viewing area in the Catlins.

Mary-Jo Tohill

The Nuggets Rd yellow-eyed penguin viewing region in the Catlins.

A velocity restrict evaluation is beneath way on Nuggets Rd in the Catlins, amidst worries about possible threats to yellow-eyed penguins living shut to the street.

The a short while ago sealed thoroughfare, which leads to the Nugget Level Lighthouse, experienced a 100km velocity restrict, but a short term 70km velocity zone was put in location pursuing the current $two.7m upgrade, in the jointly funded project by the Clutha District Council and the NZ Transport Agency.

Council support shipping and delivery team supervisor Jules Witt said big assignments like these required a security audit, and section of that included looking at velocity limits.  

“I can say that a velocity restrict evaluation of the Nuggets Rd is at the moment underway.”

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Inquiries regarding the velocity restrict arrived about as a result of South Otago Forest & Bird’s worries for wildlife on Nuggets Rd. 

In a letter to the Clutha Leader, member Jane Young said that though the upgrade all the way to the Nuggets experienced happy locals and tourists, there was one opportunity street-person that wouldn’t benefit from the adjustments – classified as a nationally endangered species, the yellow-eyed penguin.

She claimed penguins generally cross the street to reach their nesting web-sites.  

“Like human kids, once the chicks are mobile they can wander off for long distances and haven’t learnt to appear both of those ways prior to crossing.”

To reduce the possibility of penguins currently being killed on the street, specially now that men and women were being likely to be driving at increased speeds, Young claimed Forest & Hen urged the council and transport agency to noticeably decreased the velocity restrict.

A Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust spokesman confirmed the conservation group had also been in contact with the council with equivalent worries.

Witt claimed the council was “content to talk about the worries lifted by South Otago Forest & Hen”, and concerned groups were welcome to get hold of him directly.

Young claimed she was happy to hear the council was reviewing the velocity restrict.

She also urged the council to put up hazard indicators and to reinstall penguin-evidence fencing at destinations where the birds were most at possibility of obtaining on to the street.

“We would be happy to enable with this and have contact with penguin experts who can advise on the very best approach to use.”

The council understood the fence was originally put up by the Office of Conservation, not the council, and was now in a condition of disrepair, Witt claimed.  

DOC was also section of conversations carried out as section of the total sealing project, he claimed.

DOC was contacted for remark on Tuesday but have not replied as nonetheless.


 – Stuff

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