- Wednesday 09 July 2014
Sunshine Coast Council will continue to work with Palmwoods residents impacted by flying foxes.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said a community meeting would be held tomorrow (Friday) to discuss some of the upcoming works that would be undertaken in the vegetation corridor at Dunning Street.
“Residents who are directly affected by the proposed vegetation works within the flying fox roost site have been invited to this informal community meeting,” Cr McKay said.
“Council officers will discuss with residents some of the works that will be undertaken in the coming weeks to try to alleviate their concerns regarding noise and smell associated with the flying fox roosting.
“An information forum will also be held for local residents at the Palmwoods Bowls Club on July 30 from 3pm to 5pm. This forum will involve local MP Andrew Powell, myself and an independent expert on flying foxes.”
Council commissioned an independent consultant to produce a management options paper for the flying fox roost site in Dunning Street, Palmwoods. On reviewing the options paper, council’s position is to support the recommendation to create 25-50m vegetation buffers.
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.