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Charter Towers to relocate flying fox colony

Charter Towers Regional Council has engaged a team of environmental management specialists to undertake the dispersal of a colony of flying foxes at a local park.

“After considerable planning and consultation, the much-anticipated relocation of the flying fox colony in Lissner Park will commence on Wednesday, 5 October 2022,” Council said in a statement.

“The aim of the dispersal is to encourage flying foxes to relocate from the Lissner Park and CBD area.”

Council has engaged Biodiversity Australia, a specialist in environmental management, to undertake the dispersal using a staged approach, with the initial activities occurring between approximately 4am until 8am daily for a period of four weeks. 

“This Flying Fox dispersal has been well planned and much consideration given to all those who might be temporarily affected,” said Mayor, Frank Beveridge.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our community and visitors and we need everyone to support this Council initiative.

“Please do not disturb any flying foxes that may be temporarily roosting in trees on your property during the dispersal period as they may return to Lissner Park.”

He said the first stage of 1 – 2 weeks was likely to disturb nearby residents with a combination of loud noise, smoke and lighting activities.

Lissner Park will be closed during the dispersal and people are being asked to walk or exercise in alternate areas during this period.

Biodiversity Australia has a high success rate of flying fox relocation management and are committed to providing a successful outcome for the Charters Towers community, the Mayor said

A community update meeting is planned for Tuesday, 11 October to provide an update and field questions from local residents.

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