FLY­ING FOXES MOVE IN

Crea­tures set up roost near Three Rivers Tourist Park

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

A NUM­BER of fly­ing-foxes have set up a roost on the out­skirts of Mun­dub­bera.

The roost is about 70 me­tres from the Bil­l­abong mo­tel and 120 me­tres from the Three Rivers Tourist Park.

North Bur­nett Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan told the coun­cil on De­cem­ber 14 that the bats should not be moved.

“The trou­ble is they may go into the town area,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“They’ve des­e­crated those trees in past years, they stay there un­til the trees are just stalls.

“Where they are now, we’re bet­ter off just leav­ing them there.

“If you push them away from there, they’ll prob­a­bly go some­where where we dead­set don’t want them.”

The coun­cil de­cided to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

As of De­cem­ber 14, 1500 fly­ing-foxes oc­cu­pied the Oakey Creek roost in Gayn­dah.

A num­ber of the fly­ing-foxes in the roost had young that were not ca­pa­ble of flight.

The coun­cil is not legally per­mit­ted to carry out dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties against young fly­ing-foxes.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said a num­ber of the bats had been feed­ing dur­ing the day near the Gayn­dah Child Care Cen­tre.

“They’ve been feed­ing there, but not roost­ing there,” the spokesman said.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

FLY­ING-FOXES: The roost at Oakey Creek in Gayn­dah.

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