Flying fox dispersal at Maroochydore starts tonight
  • Friday 29 April 2016

A reminder to local residents, council will attempt a non-lethal dispersal of the flying fox colony located at Stella Maris School/Aragorn Bushland Reserve from this evening, April 29, then before sunrise each morning until Monday, May 2.

The non-lethal dispersal activities will include loud noises, intense lighting and smoke.

The evening dispersal will be trialled tonight from 5pm just before the animals fly-out in an attempt to reduce the number dispersed in the morning, while the morning activities from 4.30am will also hopefully make returning to the roost after an evening’s foraging unappealing. 

As part of council’s Regional Flying Fox Management Plan the dispersal activities –consistent with state and commonwealth legislation – are undertaken to mitigate amenity and lifestyle impacts for residents nearby problematic urban flying fox roosts.

Although the greatest consideration is taken for animal welfare, if an animal is injured please call RSPCA 1300 ANIMAL for assistance. Do not touch injured flying-foxes.

If you are bitten or scratched seek immediate medical attention or contact Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH.

Please do not disturb any flying foxes if you spot them in your backyard. They will move on to a suitable area when they are able to.

If residents have concerns, council can be contacted on 0409 736 512 (during the long weekend dispersal period only).

Fast facts about upcoming dispersal activities:

  • Dispersal attempt – Friday evening from 5 to 6.30pm, April 29, then early mornings from 4.30am on Saturday, April 30 to Monday, May 2.
  • Site preparation noise will continue until 9pm on Friday night.
  • Flying foxes will be very active throughout the area.
  • Flying fox activity at night is normal and is not a result of dispersal activities.
  • Should pregnant flying foxes or dependent young be observed in the roost, dispersal activities will cease .
  • A second dispersal is scheduled for June/July school holidays should the animals return.