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Council to disperse small roost of flying foxes in Chinchilla

27 October 2015

Recently, a small colony of 50 black flying foxes has begun roosting along Wheeler Street in Chinchilla, and following assessments from Western Downs Regional Council and a specialist flying fox ecologist, staff will commence efforts to re-settle the colony from Monday 2 November.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said:

  • From Monday 2 November, between 4am and 7am, residents of Wheeler Street in Chinchilla will hear loud noises from stock whips, lawn mowers and whipper snippers, as well as smoke as part of the dispersal activities.
  • Surrounding streets may also experience this activity depending on where the flying foxes move after first efforts, and residents are advised that dispersal activities may continue until the end of the week.
  • The main aim of the dispersal activities is to re-settle the colony in public bushland away from residential and recreational areas.

Cr Olm said Council are calling on residents to assist Council staff with their efforts to re-settle the colony.

“Similar to the successful and humane dispersal of flying fox roosts in 2013 and 2014, Council are calling on residents to help with efforts to re-settle the colony by using similar methods on their own properties to discourage flying foxes from roosting in their yards,” he said.

“Residents need to be aware that during the dispersal there’ll be loud noises and smoke during the early hours of the morning over several days as attempts are made to move the flying foxes on.

“We ask that residents be mindful that the dispersal activities may result in some short term issues, as during the dispersal period there is a possibility that the flying foxes may temporarily roost on or near your property.”

For further information on how you can assist Council staff during the dispersal please call Council on 1300 COUNCIL.

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