FLYING FOXES MOVE IN
Creatures set up roost near Three Rivers Tourist Park
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.
FLYING-FOXES: The roost at Oakey Creek in Gayndah.