Community reminded flying foxes protected under legislation
Council would like to remind the community that flying foxes
are protected under State and Federal Government legislation.
SDRC had planned to undertake flying fox management works
this week to relocate a colony of flying foxes roosting in an area on Sugarloaf
Road. However, due to dependant juvenile black flying foxes being present
in the camp Council is currently unable to undertake dispersal activities.
Attempting to relocate flying foxes while dependent
juveniles are present increases the risk of harming flying foxes which is
strictly prohibited under Queensland Government legislation.
Disturbing bats during the day increases noise impacts on
residents as they lift from roost trees and momentarily move to other areas.
It is also not recommended as adult bats will continue to return to
juveniles at the roosting site.
SDRC will continue to monitor the colony and will reconsider
an attempt to move the camp following maturation of the juvenile flying foxes.
Council is working with local residents who are being
significantly impacted by the colony and will take appropriate action to reduce
those impacts where possible.
Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability
Cameron Gow said Council was working ensure best practice management of the
“It is important to remember that flying foxes are protected
under State and Federal Government legislation and there are significant
penalties for harming them or unlawfully disturbing their roost sites.
“Council is asking residents to be patient until the
juvenile bats mature at which point we will review the best approach to relocating
For more information please Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300 MY
SDRC (1300 697 372).