Dispersing the flying fox colony at the Botanic Gardens

Published on 27 April 2021

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Rockhampton Regional Council has now commenced activities to disperse the flying fox colony which has been roosting in trees at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

Planning and Regulation Councillor Grant Mathers said the time has now come for Council to act and protect the trees at the gardens, and improve the hygiene of the areas below the roost.

“Up until now we have been unable to take any action as there have been dependant young in the colony,” Cr Mathers said.

“We have had officers regularly monitoring the site and have devoted considerable resources to ensure the wellbeing of the flying fox population is considered.

“During extreme heat events over the summer, the colony were clearly struggling and we know this was a distressing time for the public and for the officers involved.

“Flying fox are a keystone species to Australian native flora and Council is undertaking best practice standards to ensure a safe dispersal.

“It is important that we now begin to take action, to address the considerable impact the colony has had on the Botanic Gardens and to protect the heritage of the botanical collection.

“Dispersal activities will take place at dusk and at dawn and will include, shining lights into the roost and also playing sounds through a speaker.

“During the previous dispersal in 2020, it took approximately three days for the colony to move on. We are hoping for the same result this time, however initial dispersal methods could be for up to 14 days.

“It is important to remember that these are wild animals and the outcome cannot be guaranteed.

“There are many other roosting sites in the local area that are more suitable, including uninhabited areas.

“Council continues to provide education in relation to living with flying-foxes.”

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