Flying Fox Update

Nov 8, 2016 | Front Page Feature, News

North Burnett has had flying foxes roosting in Gayndah and frequently visiting other towns during the night for feeding.

Council, along with Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is currently monitoring the flying fox situation throughout the region and undertakes management options in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 Codes of Practice for management of flying fox roosts.

North Burnett residents are advised that Council may conduct flying fox dispersal activities in towns throughout the North Burnett region as required, until further notice.   Residents are advised that dispersal activities will include smoke, noise and light and will commence at approximately 4.00 am and last for approximately three (3) hours.  Prior to undertaking dispersal activities Council will advise affected residents via a notice placed in their letter box.

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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