Port Stephens Drive, Salamander Bay

Expected start monthExpected completion monthStatusBudgetContribution
August 2022 December 2022In progress$845kExternal funding 100

Latest updates

26 September 2022

Following completion of the primer seal on Friday, this project is on hold while we wait for suitable timber logs to complete the koala underpass.

Project Description

Port Stephens Council received funding under the NSW Koala Strategy to deliver a range of initiatives to help reduce koala vehicle strike along Port Stephens Drive. This area was identified as a blackspot under the NSW Koala Strategy. The project is designed to reduce the number of koala deaths and injury in this area.


The works will involve the installation of the following key components:

  • 3.7km of Koala-proof fencing along both sides of Port Stephens Drive
  • 850m of retrofitted Koala-proof fencing to the existing Horizons Golf Course fence
  • 1 x 20 m long box culvert fauna underpass
  • Koala grids (similar to cattle grid) across two road intersections
  • Koala connectivity structures (fence crossing poles and escape structures).

Koala-proof fencing helps direct  koalas to road crossing structures such as underpasses. The underpass being installed acts as a new habitat connectivity barrier for the koalas and which will reduce their access to Port Stephens Drive. Koala grids (similar to cattle grids), are also being installed to help deter koalas from crossing intersections as their legs can slip through the gaps made by the grids.

Download the Port Stephens Drive Koala Blackspot Project factsheet (PDF 1.9 MB) for more information

Port Stephens Drive Koala Blackspot Project map