Flying-fox dispersal attempts on hold during breeding season
  • Wednesday 29 July 2015
Grey headed Flying fox

Flying-fox dispersal attempts at Coolum Beach will cease for the breeding season after an independent expert confirmed visibly pregnant Flying-foxes have been found on site. The animals have returned to the Elizabeth Street drain site following Sunshine Coast Council’s last non-lethal dispersal attempt in early July.

Environment Councillor Jenny McKay said Council had kept the welfare of the Flying-foxes as its top priority.

“The dispersal actions are controlled by strict conditions imposed by the State and Federal governments, and Council is unable to encourage the animals to move on once the breeding season begins and the females became heavily pregnant,” Cr McKay said.

“The initial decision to disperse was made with the community back on April 15, however the Flying-foxes naturally abandoned the site, highlighting their unpredictable natural movements, which typically respond to changing food resources or environmental conditions.”

Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said two non-lethal dispersal attempts took place in May and July following the Flying-foxes return.

“Unfortunately both these actions only provided short-term relief for residents (four weeks and four days),” Cr Robinson said.

“Now that an independent expert has confirmed there are breeding females onsite, Council is not able to undertake anymore dispersal actions. However, we will continue to monitor the site weekly.

“Council will also continue to monitor the results of the 10 Flying-foxes that were satellite tracked from the roost, so it can try to further understand this complex creature and develop appropriate long-term management responses.”

A letter will be sent this week to residents who live around the site to provide an update. Residents can continue to contact Council via 07 5475 7272 with their concerns.