The presence of visibly pregnant female Flying-foxes at the Tepequar Drive roost in Maroochydore has forced a postponement of non-lethal dispersal actions.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said in accordance with State and Federal Government requirements, dispersal actions could not take place if visibly pregnant female Flying-foxes were present within the roost site.
“Visibly pregnant Flying-foxes were observed by Sunshine Coast Council officers, and then independently verified by Flying-fox experts,” he said.
“Pregnant female Flying-foxes were also sighted in the Cassia Wildlife Corridor roost which led to a similar suspension of dispersal actions at that site.”
Cr O’Pray said dispersal actions would be postponed until April next year at the earliest, pending approvals from the landowner, and the State and Federal Governments.
“I’m devastated for these residents in Tepequar Drive who’ve been adversely affected by living in close proximity of this Flying-fox roost,” he said.
“Having visited the site again at 4:30am this morning and witnessed the enormous numbers of Flying-foxes inhabiting this area and the noise associated with this I really sympathise with what these residents are going through on a daily basis.
“Council was ready to go with these dispersal actions but unfortunately the approvals didn’t arrive in time and the window has now closed due to the Flying-fox breeding season.
“I remain committed to helping affected residents in Tepequar Drive and council will continue to seek the required approvals to enable dispersal actions to take place in 2014.
“In the meantime, council will perform vegetation works as an interim measure to extend the buffer between Flying-foxes and residences as soon as approval for this is received from the landowner, the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the State and Federal Governments”