Council commits funds for flying fox site maintenance


In preparation for the relocation of the flying fox in Lissner Park, Charters Towers Regional Council has committed funds for the ongoing maintenance of the alternate flying fox roost site.

In November, Council resolved to support the relocation of flying fox to Young’s Block by the Department of Environment and Science, in mid-2020.

The relocation of the flying fox and the habitat works at Young’s Block will be undertaken by third parties which the State Government, through the Department of Environment and Science, released through a tender process.

Acting Mayor Sonia Bennetto said the ongoing maintenance of the alternate roost site is necessary.

“This maintenance funding is separate to the $900K the State Government has committed for the initial site works and the relocation. It will be up to Council to continue to maintain Young’s Block for the foreseeable future.

“We realise this is a large investment for our community, however, the alternate roosting area will need to have ongoing maintenance to maximise our chances of success and hopefully discourage flying fox from returning to Lissner Park.

“Council will continue to advocate for funding from the State Government to alleviate the financial burden on our community.

“This funding is vital as we work towards long-term, sustainable solutions for flying fox management in our community.”

Council has committed up to $550,000 for maintenance and for capital costs which will be rolled out over 3 years until the 2022/2023 financial year.

OGG 11 December 2019