Coodanup resident on mission to save ducklings


Crystal Simmons with the warning sign at the duck pond.
Crystal Simmons with the warning sign at the duck pond.

COODANUP resident Crystal Simmons is on a mission.

After witnessing the heartbreaking sight of ducklings being killed in the area of the Newport Drive duck pond on several occasions, because of speeding vehicles and a lack of warning signs/driver awareness, Mrs Simmons has asked the City of Mandurah for three new ‘duck crossing’ signs and hopes they will be installed in the next few weeks before the arrival of this year’s ducklings.

There is one sign near the pond but drivers are already passing the pond before it can be seen.

Mrs Simmons has seen ducklings killed by speeding and impatient drivers.

“Many residents in the area call them ‘our’ ducks,’’ she said.

“It’s heartbreaking to see them just dwindle from one day to the next due to lack of awareness and driver inattention.

“Much of the time drivers know the ducks are there but some of the cars just fly along.”

She wants the signs placed at the entry to Newport Drive from the Coodanup Drive roundabout, at the far end of the Wardell Drive intersection and the Pentland Crescent intersection.

“Flashing warning signs would be even better or maybe there could be a change in the speed limit or some other kind of awareness,’’ she said.

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