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Woman saves brawling koalas from becoming roadkill

A woman was confronted by road rage of a different kind when she came across two koalas brawling in the middle of a Victorian road.

Sharon Brecely stopped and tooted the horn before pulling over and making attempts to shoo the animals off the Portland-Nelson Road in Portland, in south west Victoria.

It proved more difficult than she expected.

Especially when a truck travelling at 100 km/h emerged in the distance posed an imminent threat to the preoccupied marsupials.

Ms Brecely waved her arms, indicating for the truck driver to veer into the service lane to navigate its way around the koalas.

Watch the pitched battle below:

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“I stopped first and tooted the horn for a little while and they weren’t going to move,” she told 9News who obtained the footage.

“I thought ‘oh no, the poor koalas! I’ve got to slow him (the truck driver) down’.

“He (the truck driver) was great. If he didn’t do that, if he didn’t slow down and move, he would’ve collected them both.

“They wouldn’t have had a hope. They were on his side of the road and, yeah, they both would’ve been goners.”

Ms Brecely’s urgent screams eventually pushed the koalas to continue their argument in the bushes on the side of the road, out of harm’s way.

“They’re so silly, they’re so slow,” she said.

“I’ve never seen them fighting on the road before.

“But it’s not unusual to see koalas on the road, I’ve moved several off. There’s a lot that get hit between Portland and Heywood.”

Ms Brecely said she had thought about carrying them off the road but said the larger of the pair appeared it would have weighed about 20 kilograms.

She has worked with animals for 30 years, caring for six cats, five dogs, a bird, horse and cow on her own property.

Eventually the brawling pair fled into bushes away from the harm of the road and dangers of traffic.

In another unusual sighting, a koala wandered in to a restaurant in Adelaide last week, much to the surprise of diners.

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Wildlife experts advised that it was important to first take care of personal safety before trying to help a koala in danger or other animal.

Koala populations in some parts of Australia are in decline due to deforestation. Figures estimate there are now less than 80,000living in the wild.

Brawling koalas narrowly dodge oncoming truck on Victorian road

Road rage seems to be a common occurrence captured on video, but it’s not every day warring koalas are captured brawling.

For Victorian woman Sharon Brecely, the sight she saw on Thursday on the Portland-Nelson Road in Portland left her stunned.

“I stopped first and tooted the horn for a little while and they weren’t going to move,” she said.

The quick-thinking wildlife advocate leapt into action. She pulled over, stepped out of her car and urged the fighting marsupials to step off the road.

But a more immediate threat dawned on both her and the animals.

A truck travelling at 100km/h was travelling straight towards them. In video obtained by 9NEWS, Ms Brecely can be seen waving her arms wildly, urgently urging the truck driver to avoid striking the animals.

“I thought ‘oh no, they’re gonners!'” she said.

“My thoughts, were ‘Oh no the poor koalas! I’ve got slow him down’.

“That was my first thought, to slow the truck down to save the koalas.”

Thankfully for all concerned, the driver saw her and moved into the emergency lane, missing the koalas by mere centimetres.

Wildlife experts have praised the actions of the koalas' saviour. (9NEWS)

Wildlife experts have praised the actions of the koalas' saviour. (9NEWS)

Wildlife experts have praised the actions of the koalas’ saviour. (9NEWS)

Ms Brecely praised the truck driver for saving precious lives.

“I’d thank him heaps,” she said.

“He was great, if he didn’t do that, if he didn’t slow down and move he would’ve collected them both.

“They wouldn’t have had a hope. They were on his side of the road and, yeah, they both would’ve been gonners.”

But still the furry creatures seemed more interested in each other. Ms Brecely was not done, and continued to shout at the pair to move to the roadside.

She briefly returned to her car to grab a towel she keeps inside in case she spots injured wildlife.

“I’ve never seen them fighting on the road before. But it’s not unusual to see koalas on the road, I’ve moved several off. There’s a lot that get hit between Portland and Heywood,” she said.

The stubborn creatures of the bush seemed destined to ignore her and one of the male koalas stared blankly at her.

“They’re so silly, they’re so slow,” she said.

Ms Brecely contemplated trying to lift them to safety.

“I was thinking about picking them up but they were pretty big,” she said.

“I think, the biggest one probably weighed about 20 kilos. He was heavy. And they were angry so I wasn’t going to pick them up.”

Ms Brecely said she would help rescue "any wildlife". (9NEWS)

Ms Brecely said she would help rescue "any wildlife". (9NEWS)

Ms Brecely said she would help rescue “any wildlife”. (9NEWS)

Eventually the brawling pair fled into bushes away from the harm of the road and dangers of traffic.

Ms Brecely’s brave actions have been praised by wildlife experts.

“It’s fabulous to see people so concerned about our wildlife and we really encourage that,” Zoe Rowell, a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo, said.

“It’s great that she used her voice to sort of move them on and you could, if safe to do so, position your car so that it would encourage them to move off the road.”

Ms Rowell issued advice to others found in Ms Brecely’s situation.

“First thing to make sure is to keep yourself safe,” the zookeeper said.

“Keep personal safety front of mind. Keep in mind wildlife can turn on you.

“As cute as cuddle as koalas look, they can get quite aggressive as you can see them tumbling around there.

“They’re having a bit of rough and tumble, so obviously you don’t want to get involved in that either.”

Ms Brecely is a self-professed wildlife lover. (9NEWS)

Ms Brecely is a self-professed wildlife lover. (9NEWS)

Ms Brecely is a self-professed wildlife lover. (9NEWS)

A large part of Ms Brecely’s life has been dedicated to wildlife. Her daughters are carers and her mother-in-law has worked with animals for 30 years.

Her property is almost a zoo of its own. She’s caring for six cats, with four of those her daughters’. She’s also looking after her daughter’s dog as well as having five of her own.

She also has a bird, a horse and a cow.

“We’re into animals,” she said.

“We love our animals!”

But there’s a serious side to this story – koala numbers in some parts of Australia are in decline due to deforestation. It’s estimated there are less than 80,000 left in the wild.

“There’s local areas where koalas are endangered but there’s other areas where they’re overpopulated,” Ms Rowell said.

“It’s about moving the overpopulated ones to the areas where they can sustain themselves.

“Things like roads go through their territories, so um, it’s about making sure they’ve got a safe passage and they’ve got enough areas to sustain themselves.”

Ms Brecely said her love of animals will never diminish, and if put in the same situation on a busy road, would do it all again.

“Oh definitely, definitely. We’ve come from a wide, long list of um, wildlife carers, definitely get them off the road Not just koalas, any wildlife I’d get off the road.”

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Concerns about speeding and HGV movements at Castleton Area Forum

Date published: 06 March 2017

Royle Road

Royle Road

Concerns about speeding traffic, HGV movements and air pollution were three hot topics raised at the recent Castleton Area Forum.

Councillor Billy Sheerin said: “Residents are concerned about an increase in speeding, particularly on Royle Barn Road.”

He said: “There was a serious incident recently when one speeding car went into three parked cars. The driver stood talking to residents when waiting for police and then slipped away. There was no tax or insurance on the car.

“Another main concern was movements caused from HGVs going from Tesco at Sudden into the village. People as far away as The Green have reported shaking in their houses. There’s been an increase in lorries going past now with Walkers and Tetrosyl, and if they turn at the top end of Royle Barn onto Manchester Road, they always turn left. If they turn left again to Queensway, they take up the entire road.

“Air pollution due to increased traffic in the village was another one. We’d like the air quality monitoring because of the amount of HGVs now.”

Police confirmed they were aware of the speeding issue around Royle Barn Road and Royle Road and aim to get a referral to the Traffic Unit. Residents were advised to obtain registration numbers of speeding vehicles and pass this to the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

With regards to the road surface condition of Royle Road, Councillors Sheerin and Jean Hornby met on site with Highways Maintenance Inspectors. No funding is currently available, however, a bid will be submitted should funding become available.

The road surface at the Nixon Street junction and near the Kwik Save premises was also raised as the surface is badly damaged. Residents stated this is the diversion route for the M62 and urgent repairs are needed. An inspection will be requested.

Residents also reported difficulties exiting Partington Street due to vehicles parking at the junction and blocking visibility; also an issue at the Manchester Road/Heywood Road junction. Police Community Support Officers will pay passing attention and liaise with colleagues in Parking Services.

Building works are progressing well with the Carnegie Library. The dome at the top of the tower will be reinstated and steel girders are in place.

A new bus service was launched between Rochdale and North Manchester General Hospital. The number 16 will run every two hours.

A wildflower meadow will be planted by the railway bridge for the 2017 In Bloom entry. Residents were also impressed by the mural alongside the canal, designed by local school children and joint funded by Barratts and Castleton Ward Fund.

Rochdale News | Community News

Date published: 06 March 2017

Royle Road

Royle Road

Concerns about speeding traffic, HGV movements and air pollution were three hot topics raised at the recent Castleton Area Forum.

Councillor Billy Sheerin said: “Residents are concerned about an increase in speeding, particularly on Royle Barn Road.”

He said: “There was a serious incident recently when one speeding car went into three parked cars. The driver stood talking to residents when waiting for police and then slipped away. There was no tax or insurance on the car.

“Another main concern was movements caused from HGVs going from Tesco at Sudden into the village. People as far away as The Green have reported shaking in their houses. There’s been an increase in lorries going past now with Walkers and Tetrosyl, and if they turn at the top end of Royle Barn onto Manchester Road, they always turn left. If they turn left again to Queensway, they take up the entire road.

“Air pollution due to increased traffic in the village was another one. We’d like the air quality monitoring because of the amount of HGVs now.”

Police confirmed they were aware of the speeding issue around Royle Barn Road and Royle Road and aim to get a referral to the Traffic Unit. Residents were advised to obtain registration numbers of speeding vehicles and pass this to the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

With regards to the road surface condition of Royle Road, Councillors Sheerin and Jean Hornby met on site with Highways Maintenance Inspectors. No funding is currently available, however, a bid will be submitted should funding become available.

The road surface at the Nixon Street junction and near the Kwik Save premises was also raised as the surface is badly damaged. Residents stated this is the diversion route for the M62 and urgent repairs are needed. An inspection will be requested.

Residents also reported difficulties exiting Partington Street due to vehicles parking at the junction and blocking visibility; also an issue at the Manchester Road/Heywood Road junction. Police Community Support Officers will pay passing attention and liaise with colleagues in Parking Services.

Building works are progressing well with the Carnegie Library. The dome at the top of the tower will be reinstated and steel girders are in place.

A new bus service was launched between Rochdale and North Manchester General Hospital. The number 16 will run every two hours.

A wildflower meadow will be planted by the railway bridge for the 2017 In Bloom entry. Residents were also impressed by the mural alongside the canal, designed by local school children and joint funded by Barratts and Castleton Ward Fund.

Latest updates: Pensioner dies after being hit by lorry in Cheetham Hill

A pensioner has died after he was hit by a lorry in Cheetham Hill.

Part of Cheetham Hill Road, outside Trinity United Church, was closed off by police after the man was struck by the HGV at about 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s believed the pedestrian is aged in his 70s or 80s.

A GMP spokesman said on Tuesday afternoon: “We were called today at about 2pm to Cheetham Hill Road near the junction with Greenhill Road, to reports of an accident between a lorry and a man.

“The man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“The road remains closed between Greenhill Road and Heywood Street while police remain at the scene.”

Police confirmed later on Tuesday that the man had passed away.

Anyone with further information or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact police on 101.

Truck tyre size shift continues, reports Michelin

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