Councils free to move on problem flying-fox roosts after greentape slashed

2 December, 2013
Author: Charles Hodgson

The Queensland Government has delivered on its promise to empower local councils to manage problem flying-fox roosts in the best interests of their communities.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the new framework gave local councils an ‘as-of-right’ authority to manage roosts in designated urban areas, subject to a code of practice, without the need for a permit.
“Councils have told us loud and clear that they need to be able to act quickly without getting tied up in the unnecessary paperwork that existed under Labor,” Mr Powell said.
“These changes give council officers the power to respond rapidly and appropriately to local concerns before situations get out of hand.”
“A code of practice is in place to make sure that dispersals are done in a way which best manages any associated risks and animal welfare issues, in accordance with Commonwealth, State and local government laws.
“A permit will still be required for non-council applicants or for roosts outside the designated urban areas; however this will be a much simpler process.
“The Newman Government appreciates the significant impact flying foxes have had on some towns across the state.
“Unlike the previous Labor Government, we will always put the health and wellbeing of people above flying foxes.”
“Councils have said they want to be able to use all necessary measures to deal with problem flying foxes and we have listened.
“We are cutting green tape and simplifying the process of dispersing flying foxes from within urban areas.
“In line with our election commitment, the changes we are introducing today will give councils greater ability than ever before to move flying foxes on, using non-lethal means.
“Local councils have requested the ability to apply for lethal damage mitigation permits when all other options are exhausted and we will be looking at this next year in consultation with the Federal government.”