Gayndah residents urged to attend bat meeting

Gayndah residents urged to attend bat meeting
Frances Adcock

Updated September 06, 2011 11:21:03

The North Burnett Regional Council says there are environmentally safe ways to move a flying fox colony out of Gayndah, south-west of Bundaberg in southern Queensland.

Locals were initially worried the 200,000-strong bat colony in the town's CBD would relocate somewhere else in town.

Council spokesman Bob Savage says next week officials from the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) will begin pruning trees to encourage the colony to move on.

Mr Savage says a meeting tonight in the Gayndah town hall will discuss all the options in place.

"One of the contingencies that we face is that if we're conducting activites on the river bank, that they may end up in my backyard or my neighbour's backyard," he said.

"What we'll be asking residents tonight to do is inform us immediately if that happens, so that we can then take non-harmful measures such as smoke, light and noise to distract the flying foxes from landing anywhere else in town."

However, North Burnett Mayor Joy Jensen said yesterday the State Government plan to relocate flying foxes from Gayndah may not work.

Councillor Jensen says she is worried the bats will just relocate somewhere else in town.

"I do have a real concern about the bats moving to other areas of the town," she said.

"The permit is to remove the bats from the town area, so we are very pleased about that part of it, but it won't happen first go.

"We won't be able to remove them from the town area first go - I sure they will relocate to other areas in the town until we can remove them completely from that town area."
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Gayndah residents urged to attend bat meeting
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