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Ergon Energy gives flight to Mahogany Gliders

Published: 7 Oct 2016 9:51am

An environmental project that will benefit endangered wildlife in the Kennedy area in Far North Queensland has been powered to great heights by Ergon Energy.

Two power poles installed by Ergon’s Tully crews on opposite sides of Kennedy Creek Rd off the Bruce Highway, are giving flight to endangered Mahogany Gliders enabling them to safely reach new habitats.

Customer Delivery Manager Mark Biffanti said the poles enable the mammals to launch themselves and glide over the road instead of attempting a risky ground crossing.

“The poles are purposely 21 metres high to enable them to glide about 30 meters from one pole to other. The experts tell us for every two metres in distance they glide, they drop about a metre in height, so the poles had to be high enough to make sure they could reach the next pole over the road.

“The project was great fit with our environmental policy and we were pleased to be involved,” he said.

The Mahogany Glider is an endangered species native to a small area of the Wet tropics east of Tully to Ollera Creek south of Ingham. It’s estimated 60 percent of their natural habitat has been lost because of land clearing for agriculture, grazing, forestry, human settlements and infrastructure development.

Mr Biffanti said the poles were installed recently after working closely with Cassowary Coast Council and Wildlife Qld’s Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch.

Wildlife Qld’s Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch President Daryl Dickson said the location of the poles is an identified corridor for gliders.

‘We’re grateful for Ergon’s assistance with this important project. The glider’s habitat is fragmented and that’s why these poles are so important. The poles are doing a wonderful job helping gilders get across the road as the trees are too far apart for them to glide and they rarely come to ground.

‘Our drive is to help the gliders reconnect to isolated habitats. They totally rely upon trees as their highways to get around,“ she said.

The Mahogany Glider is classed as endangered by the Queensland and Federal Governments. Its population is estimated at about only 1500 Daryl said.

Media Contact: Corporate Communications Manager John Fowler
Phone: 07 44328730 or 0417283713

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