Media Release – FLYING FOX COLONY ON THE MOVE IN BARGARA 

A Flying-fox colony roosting in Larder St, Bargara has moved north following dispersal works carried out by Bundaberg Regional Council officers in the weeks since May 15.

Council’s Environmental and Natural Resources portfolios spokesperson Danny Rowleson said staff began by removing layers of leaf vegetation to make the roost site less attractive and since June 11 have used noise, fog and lights to disperse thousands of flying-foxes from Larder St.

“Works have been conducted very early in the morning and late in the afternoon to coincide with the daily arrival and departure of the animals,” Cr Rowleson said.

This work has resulted in Flying-foxes settling in trees in other locations in Bargara, particularly near Fairway Drive.

“In the coming days, Council will also conduct dispersal at this site in addition to the works at Larder St and we apologise for any inconvenience.

“The colony is heading in the right direction which leaves us cautiously optimistic that the program is proceeding to plan.

“It is hoped that the Flying-foxes will establish a permanent camp in the nearby 800 acre Pasturage Reserve, however there is no sure way to predict where the Flying-foxes will relocate, if at all.”

Cr Rowleson said residents in the area are asked not to create loud noises which will disturb the Flying-foxes.

“Council’s permit requires that the welfare of these native animals be considered at all times. If any Flying-foxes are injured as a result of too much disturbance, the permit may be cancelled.”

Bargara’s divisional representative Greg Barnes said he understood that residents in the Fairway Drive area were frustrated with the arrival of the colony but asked they not take matters in to their own hands.

“It is vital that we do gain community support and cooperation in this process,” Cr Barnes said.

“It is unknown territory for council and a project brimming with sensitivities.”

The dispersal works have been undertaken by Council following advice and a risk assessment by a professional wildlife management company. Works are being conducted under a State Government issued Damage Mitigation Permit (permit number WIMP12472013).

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