Flying Fox Update – 09 December

Dec 9, 2016 | Front Page Feature, News

Gayndah residents are advised that due to flying foxes having young offspring in the roost located at the Gayndah Golf Club, dispersal activities have been postponed in this area until further notice.

In accordance with the Code of Practice – Ecologically sustainable management of flying fox roosts Nature Conservation Act 1992, Council dispersal activities will not be able to take place until the young flying foxes are sufficiently mature in February/March 2017.

Residents will be advised prior to any dispersal activities commencing. Residents are further advised that under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is able to impose penalties of $100,000 or prison terms for anyone unlawfully disturbing flying foxes in a roost.

The following facts can reduce health risks related to flying foxes:

  • do not leave your washing out at night—bring it in before dusk,
  • garage or cover your vehicles to ensure flying fox faeces don’t affect them,
  • use a pool cover to reduce the risk of contamination from flying foxes,
  • cover or bring in any outdoor furniture under shelter at night,
  • try not to disturb them during the day—disturbing them only makes them noisier and heightens the odours, and
  • cover all water sources to ensure faeces can not be consumed by domestic animals or humans.

For more information on flying foxes in Australia and living with flying foxes or to view the code of practice visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/flyingfoxes/importance.html

If you find an injured or dead flying fox, do not touch, instead contact the North Burnett Regional Council for assistance. Should you receive a bite or scratch from a flying fox seek medical attention immediately.

For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Environmental Services Section on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC).

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