The Burdekin Shire Council will begin the process of dispersing flying foxes from Home Hill’s Lloyd Mann Gardens on Friday.
Mayor Bill Lowis said the State Government last Friday had granted a permit for the dispersal of the colony.
“Council has given the required 48 hours’ notice to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection that staff will begin dispersing the colony on Friday,” he said.
“Council staff will work closely with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to ensure the best outcome for the Home Hill community and that the black flying foxes are not injured in any way.”
“Residents in the immediate vicinity will be notified via a letterbox drop of the activities that will be used to disperse the roost.
“Staff will begin by using bright lights and trimming the trees that are being used by the flying foxes as a roost, however more intrusive methods may be required if these are unsuccessful.
Cr Lowis said EHP staff also would be on site on Friday for the start of the dispersal program.
“Council employees have placed hazard tape around the roost trees to ensure the protection of people walking through the gardens,” he said.
“We also want to make sure that this doesn’t happen again, so we are asking residents to let council know if they notice any new flying fox colonies in residential areas by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre.”