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Tollway planned for Flowerdale

August 19, 2013
Agile antechinus

Agile antechinus

I have spent a lot of time near our dams in recent weeks watching for the Rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster). (Who says I’m obsessive?) I’ve noticed that the critter frequents both our dams. Our driveway cuts between the two dams and the Rakali scampers between them through a culvert under the road. In an attempt to get some close-up photos of the Rakali I set up a remote camera at one end of the culvert.

South end of a north-bound wombat

South end of a north-bound wombat

The results were amazing. The culvert has more traffic than the Burnley Tunnel. Even though I have not photographed the Rakali using the short-cut, shown in this post are some regular commuters. Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis) and Common Wombats (Vombatus ursinus) use this passageway every night.

Too squeezy!

Too squeezy!

The only thing stopping the Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) from using the same thoroughfare is their ‘wide load’ status … the width of their hips.

Taking a leaf out of Richmond City Council’s book, I have plans to make the tunnel a tollway. It might even pay for my Murrindindi Council rates.

(Click on the photos to enlarge image).

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