Update #5 - Flying Fox Colony in Moranbah
Isaac Regional Council continues to monitor a flying fox roost that has increased in size from 2,500 to 4,000 in Moranbah. This is compared to 25,000 in early November.
The increase in numbers is likely due to the weather events that have impacted Queensland over the past month.
The flying foxes are roosting in backyards at Belshore Street, Renier Crescent and a nearby Council finger park.
Council reminds residents they are encouraged to undertake proactive vegetation management at properties to make their backyards unattractive to flying foxes.
The best way to do this is to trim or remove potential camp trees, commonly mature Mango, Fig, or Poinciana. Little red flying foxes can also camp in eucalypts, palm and other similar trees.
Over the past five years, Council has spent more than $1.1 million on managing flying foxes.
This money has been spent on expert ecology opinion in responding to community concerns, fencing to isolate flying fox roosts, activities to disperse flying foxes away from controversial areas and communication materials to inform neighbourhoods.
Dispersal is a costly and resource-intensive exercise and does not always guarantee the desired outcome as flying fox are wild animals with unpredictable behaviour.
Council spent $150,000 over four rounds of early morning dispersal activities in backyards in Moranbah this time last year following community expectations, however the dispersals were unsuccessful.
Flying foxes are a protected species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is against the law to harm or disturb an established roost.
Residents are reminded it is against the law to harm or disturb a flying fox roost, and unplanned and unauthorised actions can impact on you, your neighbours and your community. This includes self-dispersing, destroying or modifying a tree once a roost is established.
Disturbing flying foxes that are resting during the day stresses the flying foxes and can fragment the roost, causing more issues in the community. It increases their susceptibility to disease and reduces their ability to migrate on from townships.
Visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/flying-foxes for comprehensive information on flying foxes. If you require further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).
Gary Stevenson PSM
Chief Executive Officer