Budget means flying foxes are firmly in council sights
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.”