Habitat works to commence for flying fox alternate roost site


Officers from the Department of Environment and Science are currently involved in the initial stages of constructing a flying fox alternate roost in Charters Towers at Young’s Block. Once completed, it will open up new options for dispersal activities later in the year.

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

The Department will oversee the works and where possible will utilise local contractors to undertake earthworks, fencing, irrigation and drilling a bore to supply water to the site.

Mayor Liz Schmidt said the works are necessary to make the site attractive to flying fox.

“Although Young’s Block has been previously used as a roost, there needs to be some enhancements to the area to make it more attractive to the flying fox.

“Enhancements include adding water from a long-established council bore and green grass to make it into an environment the flying fox will really like.

“The Department of Environment and Science will oversee all the works and source materials and labour from local businesses,” said the Mayor.

The works and relocation will be funded by the $900K the State Government allocated to Charters Towers in 2018.

OGG 18 February 2020