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Isaac residents' float ideas on flying fox management

A collection of ideas and feedback from passionate residents has been bundled into several key themes in managing flying foxes in Isaac.

From education to roosting locations and human health and wellbeing to park access were among the suggestions that soared.

The vital feedback was from Isaac Regional Council’s month-long campaign, which ended in October.

Council asked the community how to sustainably manage flying fox colonies in the region.

Mayor Anne Baker said the engagement outcomes from Isaac is outstanding.

“We had 54 visitors to eight info share sessions in Dysart, Middlemount, Clermont, Moranbah, Glenden, Nebo, St Lawrence and Carmila between October 11-17, 28 comments added to info share feedback posters plus 146 surveys completed via paper and online,” she said.

“More than 28,000 social media users were reached through Council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with posts attracted 102 likes and 29 shares on this topic.

“We had 362 visits to the flying foxes web page during the engagement period.

“Thank you so much to everyone who took part.

“Having a say can really make an impact and this already has.”

Mayor Baker said Isaac led the way with Council attending the Third Annual National Flying Fox Forum in Cairns last month.

“We shared how we conducted our engagement and the key themes we had found in our communities with other regions,” she said.

“We understand we’re one of the first Councils in Australia to work with the community to form a Statement of Management Intent for managing flying foxes.

“The 2018 forum in Cairns has provided us an opportunity to delve into little-red flying fox matters as well as continue sharing information.”

Mayor Baker said Council officers presented a briefing on the engagement outcomes to Councillors in mid-November.

“We will use this community feedback to help inform a Statement of Management Intent (SOMI) for managing flying foxes,” she said.

“We expect to present the SOMI in a report to Council in early 2019.”

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer          (07) 4846 3550 or 0428 038 917


17 December 2018