FLYING FOXES: The flying foxes have made a home at Oakey Creek.Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times
FLYING FOXES: The flying foxes have made a home at Oakey Creek.Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times Adam McCleery

Flying fox roost poses risk to Gayndah residents

THE issue of flying foxes around Gayndah has continued to cause headaches for residents in and around Oakey Creek, with the population now reaching a quarter of a million.

Eric Sturgess has a property close to the creek and is upset with the situation.

"This is a real issue for us," Mr Sturgess said.

"Our property value has halved and I've spent a fortune subdividing, we can't collect our rainwater anymore - it's a real issue."

A media release by the North Burnett Regional Council stated that the flying fox population had grown rapidly in a small space of time and acknowledged they are impacting properties nearby.

Council CEO Mark Pitt said the council was looking into the issue.

"We are exploring all options and we have meetings this week between council and the department to continue to explore what options we have to get a solution that fits the community," Mr Pitt said.

"This Friday there will also be a workshop with elected members, specifically looking at the flying fox issue here in town and some of the options."

As a native animal, the flying fox is a protected species and therefore the options for relocation are limited, however the council does believe it is achievable.

Gayndah man Peter Huth said the window to move the animals on is now, before they start to breed and have their young, at which point they can't be moved on.

"My understanding is they are only just pregnant, so if there is a window of opportunity I would have thought it is now," Mr Huth said.

"Because there are no babies yet - they usually have them in September and October."

Mr Huth said that while they want to have the animals moved on, they don't want to just pass the problem onto the next person.

"We don't want to see that, we are committed to helping move them on," Mr Huth said.

"And I have to say, council have been pretty supportive."


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