Flying foxes won’t be easy to move along: environmentalist

MOVING Fraser Coast flying fox colonies on is almost impossible, according to environmentalist John Parsons.

Recent survey data estimates there are more than 578,000 flying foxes on the Fraser Coast.

The Queensland Government plans to give local councils the power to remove colonies in the region.

Mr Parsons said moving large roosts would create more problems than it would solve.

"The major problem with any colony is once you move them on where do they go?" he said.

"These guys are 58 million years old and they know how to survive."

Mr Parsons said once the first colony was removed, another would move in.

"You can easily clear the first lot but how far out are the next bunch?" he said.

The Department of Environment and Heritage has released a new approach plan to the management of flying foxes, which can spread diseases like lyssavirus and hendra.

According to the department, the health and wellbeing of people would be central to the new approach.

Part of the plan is that flying foxes will not be culled and only non-lethal methods will be permitted.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has declined to comment on the issue until the State Government confirmed what powers the council would have.

The public have the opportunity to provide feedback on the new approach and can make submissions to ffroost_review@ehp.qld.gov.au.

Australian bat lyssavirus

  • Discovered in 1996
  • Transmitted by bats
  • An eight-year-old boy has recently died from lyssavirus
  • He was the third victim of the disease
  • The virus is a close relative to the common rabies virus found overseas
  • There is no known cure


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