State government to tackle flying foxes
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.