Mareeba Shire Council dispersing flying foxes

UPDATE - 16/02/2017
"Thank you for saving my cousins from being orphaned" Mareeba Dispersal postponed. Big thanks to the caring bat people who turned up at 4am and the power of having video evidence of a large number of babies still present.

jump onto the links below and have your say.
They still have dependant young on them!

Thanks to all who helped on this issue. it still continues..
For those who just look at pretty pics of bats, how about helping when there are issues and help support bats.

If we all tackled bat issues, maybe there would be just pretty pics of bats to post.

UPDATE - 19/01/2017
" Our Spectacled Flying Fox babies in Mareeba have been given a reprieve. With all the amazing work done by many of the bat community and public pressure, the Mareeba Shire Council have postponed the dispersal (they say 2 weeks) and will reassess. However, we still have tiny babies coming into care, dispersal will have to be postponed for a while or rather not happen at all...and education be a priority. Our Spectacled Flying Foxes are threatened..with extinction within the next 10 years, we need to get smart in Far North Queensland and realise we need them, let's focus on education and remove the hate they have been unjustly served. "

UPDATE 18/01/2017 - thanks locals and internationals for your help and comments educating council and the locals.
dispersal postponed for two weeks. next is stopping it altogether. so keep posting comments. leave a review on council's facebook.
educate, annoy, phone, email or write letters.
Bats_Rule followers RULE! I appreciate you caring and taking action.

" Mareeba Shire Council will next week begin dispersing flying foxes from trees in the Council Reserve on the corner of Stewart Street and Rankin Street, Mareeba.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said at this stage the dispersal activities would take place early morning from next Wednesday 18 January, possibly through to Friday 27 January, weather permitting.

Council will have four employees using non-lethal methods from 4.30am to discourage the flying foxes from roosting in the area.

“We need to start this early to prevent the flying foxes from settling into the trees and they usually start returning to roost around dawn,” Cr Gilmore said.

“Council will continue to monitor the area during this phase to ensure the colony has not extended further.”

Mareeba Shire Council would like to remind residents with pets in the vicinity of the dispersal activities to ensure their pets are adequately secured to reduce the risk of escape. "

Mareeba Shire Council · October 28, 2016

STATEMENT: Flying Fox Management

"Mareeba Shire Council has been notified of a petition being circulated to request the relocation of bats from the Council Reserve area opposite the Mareeba Community Kindy in Stewart Street, Mareeba.

Council is happy to receive a copy of the petition however it is not within our jurisdiction to deal with this matter. Council only has the ability to try and move bat colonies under very strict guidelines. We strongly suggest the petition be addressed to Hon Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage as the overall management and control of the bats is a State and Federal issue.

The Flying Foxes are currently carrying their young and therefore Council is not permitted to disperse them until such time as their young are old enough to fly independently. We have been advised that this will be a minimum of three (3) months."

Mareeba Shire Council, "under the State Government's Wildlife Conservation Act 1992, Queensland Councils have 'as of right authority' to move Flying foxes on from a local government controlled area. However, in accordance with the Flying Fox Management Statement of intent, the breeding or rearing of young has to be considered before dispersal action take place. 

The Spectacled Flying Foxes located in this roost are either heavily pregnant or giving birth to their young.

Therefore, Council must comply with the State Government Wildlife Conservation Act, the Flying Fox Statement of Management intent as well as the advice from Flying Fox experts as to the best time to attempt to disperse roosts so that there is minimal impact to the mothers and their new born young.

Council is currently monitoring the roost and will liaise with the relevant authorities to determine if and when the roost can be dispersed."



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BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats: Mareeba Shire Council dispersing flying foxes
Mareeba Shire Council dispersing flying foxes
Mareeba Shire Council dispersing flying foxes
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