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Residents now have the opportunity to provide input into Whitsunday Regional Council’s draft Flying Fox Policy and Management Plan, currently out to public consultation.
The draft Policy and Plan looks at the locations in the Whitsundays where flying foxes tend to roost, and identifies what activities Council can undertake to manage large colonies of flying fox.
While a native Australian mammal protected under State Government legislation, flying foxes can sometimes cause major problems for residents when a large roost is established in a built up area.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the draft Policy and Plan would provide detailed information to assist decision-making.
“We are asking for feedback on the Plan before it is finalised, to make sure our community is in support of our management of this difficult issue,” he said.
“Flying Fox are very important to our Whitsunday region’s ecosystem, as they keep our native forests healthy and pollinated.”
“It is vital we handle any concerns with roosting colonies carefully, and with a strategic approach.”
Community Consultation will be taking place over the next month and will close on Friday 3 November 2017.
Residents can view the draft Policy and Plan and complete the short survey online at Your Say Whitsunday, or by completing a survey in person at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres.
Council staff will also be manning a public display stall at the Proserpine Library on Saturday 14 October, between 9am and 11.30am, to answer your questions.
To find out more, visit the online consultation hub Your Say Whitsunday, here - http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au
For further information, please contact Council on (07) 4945 0200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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