Council to commence dispersal activities at flying fox colony

Burdekin Shire Council will again wage battle with flying foxes after a colony reappeared recently in Lloyd Mann Park, Home Hill.

Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Manager, Beth Whitworth, said “Although last year’s dispersal activities were successful there was always a chance that flying foxes would return to the park.”

The process for undertaking activities around flying fox  colonies has changed, with local governments now permitted to manage colonies, providing they comply with the State Government’s Code of Practice.

Last Sunday Council officers met on site with Department of Environment and Heritage Protection officers to discuss management options for the colony.  The species of flying fox needed to be identified to ensure any action taken by Council was in accordance with the Code of Practice.  At the time it was estimated that there were 330 flying foxes roosting in Lloyd Mann Park.

Council is currently planning to commence action to move the colony on next week.  Council will use intense noise from Tuesday 15 April to Thursday 17 April 2014.  The noise activities will be held in the early mornings from approximately 5.00am to 6.30am and will consist of a number of starter’s pistols being fired at strategic points around the roost during this time period.

Council officers will continue monitoring the colony site during this phase and into the short term to ensure that the colony has relocated to a more suitable area.  Further dispersal activities within Home Hill may occur if the need arises.

If you have dogs or other animals that are easily spooked by loud noise, please ensure that they are adequately secured to reduce the risk of them escaping from your property.  Council apologises in advance for any disruption these activities may cause.

Mrs Whitworth said, “While the flying foxes are present, residents are reminded to stay away from the colony.  If anyone is bitten or scratched by a flying fox, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical advice without delay.”

 

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