Council creates bat buffer
  • Friday 18 July 2014
Sunshine Coast Council environment wildlife corrider flying fox

Sunshine Coast Council has come to the aid of Palmwoods residents impacted by flying foxes.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said vegetation clearing had been carried out to create a buffer zone between houses in Dunning Street and the nearby flying fox roost.

“Council has removed weeds and overgrown vegetation within the reserve in Dunning Street with a view to establishing a 25-50m buffer,” she said.

“In addition to these works, council will also perform weed removals within the Wells Street end of the Palmwoods flying fox roost in the near future.

“These works are being undertaken at the recommendation of an independent consultant and following consultation with affected residents.”

Council received expert advice and evidence from dispersals carried out in other parts of Australia showing that a dispersal action at the Dunning Street roost site may cause the flying fox to relocate to other residential areas around Palmwoods. Council is obliged to manage this risk and is taking an approach that considers the best outcomes for the whole Palmwoods community.

Only 19% of the Palmwoods roost is located on council land, with the balance spread across several private properties. Council is able to take immediate action on council owned land and is currently negotiating with the State Government to facilitate suitable outcomes for private land owners on the remaining 81% of the roost site.

Flying foxes are necessary for the reproductive processes of forest and woodlands of the Sunshine Coast. Their role as long-distance pollinators is unequalled. Council is trying to balance its environmental responsibility with the concerns of impacted residents and takes an informed approach to achieve the best outcome.

There have been no flying foxes at the Dunning St, Palmwoods roost since the end of April.