Gayndah flying fox roost to stay
Council says no: Refusal move flying foxes based on serving the needs of the many over a few
FRUSTRATED Gayndah farmers on the banks of Oakey Creek are plagued with flying-foxes and their defecation, which “sounds like hail coming down”.
The North Burnett Regional Council has refused to move them as there were “no guarantees about where they might go” amidst fears they could return to roost behind the main street.
Farmer Liam Harris wants equality for affected farmers and their families by having the roost removed.
“They’re willing to run the risk on my children but not the school – that’s not fair.”
GAYNDAH residents voted unanimously for the removal of flying foxes at a “bring an umbrella” public meeting in Winifred Cobbo St last Wednesday evening.
Liam Harris called the town meeting after the North Burnett Regional Council advised landholders that no attempt would be made to remove the roost at nearby Oakey Creek, for fear the bats would relocate behind St Joseph’s School or the main street.
“Apart from putting up some lights and making a bit of noise, there’s nothing we can do to disturb the roost,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Harris said a written request would be lodged with the council. Should the council not exercise its right to apply for or use a Flying-Fox Roost Management Permit, up to five farmers said they would apply to the State Government directly.
With the state handing over management of urban flying fox roosts to councils in 2013, Mr Harris and his supporters were “seeking equality” for their own families to have the same priority as the town.
GO IN TO BAT: Gayndah residents want flying foxes removed.