Per­mits help with prob­lem

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett cit­rus grow­ers may be el­i­gi­ble for a fly­ing fox dam­age mit­i­ga­tion per­mit.

The per­mit al­lows land­hold­ers suf­fer­ing crop dam­age to shoot up to 30 fly­ing foxes per year on their prop­er­ties.

The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion en­cour­ages the use of non-harm­ful mea­sures, but states the new op­tion “will pro­vide crop grow­ers with a greater scope for man­ag­ing crop dam­age caused by fly­ing foxes”.

Ap­pli­cants must be able to demon­strate they are pro­duc­ing a com­mer­cially vi­able crop, and that in the last five years they have at­tempted to use a pre­scribed de­ter­rent method for at least one grow­ing sea­son.

Pre­scribed meth­ods in­clude net­ting, in­stal­la­tion of sound equip­ment or in­stal­la­tion of light equip­ment.

If th­ese de­ter­rents have been un­suc­cess­ful, a per­mit can be ob­tained.

A strict code of prac­tice must be fol­lowed by those per­mit­ted to kill bats on their prop­erty.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be found on­line at­ing­with/fly­ing­foxes/dam­age-mit­i­ga­tion-per­mits.html.

■ What do you think about the per­mits? Do you have a prob­lem with bats at your place? Let us know at bran­

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BATDAMAGE: Farm­ers can ap­ply for dam­age lim­i­ta­tion per­mits that al­low culling of up to 30 bats on their prop­er­ties.

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