Turtle friendly lights installed

WITH the construction of a new roundabout at the Causeway Dve and Woongarra Scenic Dve intersection now complete, turtle-friendly lighting is being installed to ensure the conservation of the region's visiting marine reptiles.

Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said the council was delivering on its commitment to protect turtles.

"As of Monday, November 9, council will again be installing turtle friendly lighting at the new roundabout," Cr Ricciardi said.

"The lighting represents the latest in LED technology, with recent advancements resulting in the development of a LED luminaire that will emit light in an amber colour.

"These new lights have a greater range of light distribution profiles, allowing targeted illumination in and around the intersection. This will reduce the amount of light spilling towards the ocean.

"The energy efficient bulbs will also result in significant long term savings to council through reduced energy consumption and extended product life."

Natural resources spokesman Danny Rowleson said it was essential that the council continued to execute the latest methods of protecting endangered marine turtles.

"Living in a region as naturally diverse as ours, we need to be conscious of the environmental impacts of light glow from increased development," Cr Rowleson said.

Division 5 representative Cr Greg Barnes said the roundabout with the new lighting had been designed to optimise the improved "lines of sight" which were pivotal to the safety of both motorists and pedestrians who used the area around the Moneys Creek Inlet at Kellys Beach.

"The Causeway Dve roundabout construction project has been fully funded through the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery Program and the State Government's Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme," Cr Barnes said.

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