State gov­ern­ment to tackle fly­ing foxes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has heard the calls of peo­ple from right across the state when it comes to the is­sues fly­ing foxes and their roosts present.

While of­fi­cially open­ing the Gayndah Aerodrome Ted Kirk Field, Queens­land As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Jennifer Howard said money from the 2016/17 State Bud­get had been al­lo­cated to the is­sue.

“The Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment made an an­nounce­ment that the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will be com­mit­ting $2.7 mil­lion in the state bud­get to­wards do­ing more sci­en­tific stud­ies on fly­ing foxes,” Ms Howard said.

“To find out why they be­have the way they do so that we can bet­ter man­age their roosts.”

Ms Howard said a new ap­proach needed to be taken to tackle the is­sues pre­sented by fly­ing foxes.

“I think for many years we have just been dealing with the top end of the prob­lem,” Ms Howard said.

“They cause enor­mous frus­tra­tion and anx­i­ety at all dif­fer­ent spec­tres, whether you are philo­soph­i­cally an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist or whether you are a farmer, you need to be prac­ti­cal about the dam­age that fly­ing foxes do.”

Ms Howard said the new study would be a way for the gov­ern­ment to come up with al­ter­na­tive and more suc­cess­ful ways of man­ag­ing fly­ing foxes.

“I think the sci­en­tific study in fly­ing foxes will give us a lot more in­formed de­ci­sion-making when it comes to man­ag­ing their roost,” Ms Howard said.

She said there would be more in­for­ma­tion to come on the is­sue.

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