Bud­get means fly­ing foxes are firmly in coun­cil sights

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

HINCH­IN­BROOK’S f l y i ng fox prob­lems are set to take flight af­ter the coun­cil re­vealed it would al­lo­cate $ 25,000 of the 2015- 16 bud­get to man­ag­ing the pro­tected species.

Coun­cil­lor Sherry Kau­rila said the fund­ing would be put to­wards a plan and ac­tions to be un­der­taken on the ground.

“It’s very plain to coun­cil that dis­per­sal is not an op­tion as you need to dis­cour­age them with­out dis­pers­ing them,” Cr Kau­rila said.

“It’s best to make them un­wel­come and by do­ing it at as low a cost as pos­si­ble.”

Cr Kau­rila said noth­ing had been de­cided upon as yet, but a re­port was to be cre­ated on rec­om­men­da­tions from Eco­sure.

From that re­port, the best course of ac­tion would be cho­sen.

“I think veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment and re­moval would be a good thing and maybe it would help to make that area in the CBD where they tend to re­side smaller,” she said.

“A sprin­kler sys­tem which would be low- cost and also make it seem like it’s rain­ing con­stantly would be another way which would be suit­able.”

Cr Kau­rila said she be­lieved an al­lo­ca­tion of bud­get fund­ing to help with fly­ing fox man­age­ment would be an ideal way to help ease the is­sue.

“I don’t think this will ever go out of coun­cil’s bud­get; I would re­ally vote for it to be ei­ther an­nual or ev­ery few years so num­bers could be brought down,” she said.

“We must re­main within the let­ter of the law, de­spite many peo­ple wish­ing to kill them.”

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Mary Brown said the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion was en­cour­ag­ing. “The busi­ness com­mu­nity has been ask­ing for some­thing to be done about the foxes for a while,” Ms Brown said.“But I think at the end of the day, we’ll be look­ing for some re­sults.”

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