News

Winged menace finally outfoxed

A permit has been issued for the removal of a colony of more than 100,000 little red and black flying foxes from Duaringa’s Mackenzie Park.
A permit has been issued for the removal of a colony of more than 100,000 little red and black flying foxes from Duaringa’s Mackenzie Park.

HOLY deliverance from the bats man!

After more than two months of the daily stink and noise squall from a flying fox invasion, Duaringa's days of dung and din are numbered.

The State Government yesterday granted a damage mitigation permit to the Central Highlands Regional Council for the relocation of the winged menace that bat conservationists had wanted to stay put at Mackenzie Park as a 'tourist' attraction.

One local said the good news would quickly filter through the town, although she questioned why it had taken more than two months to move on the problem.

"We're pleased the council now has the permit and the power to humanely move the bats out of our residential areas," she said.

"You should see the mess in my backyard… there has been so much damage done to the community since the bats' arrival.

"It is definitely impacting on the tourist season because they're hearing about it before they get here.

"The real question is why has it taken so long for something to happen?"

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said council officers would now formulate a relocation action plan to sites under consideration near the town.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issued the permit.

"Under the permit conditions, council officers can not commence dispersal activities until wildlife officers confirm there are no visibly pregnant females or dependent young in the roost," wildlife management director Dr Ashley Bunce said.

"Council will be allowed to use humane methods of managing the roost including the use of noise, lights or smoke in the early hours of the morning to discourage the animals from returning to the roost.

"The council is also required to secure the services of an on-call veterinarian or wildlife carer inoculated for Lyssavirus."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Grab a bargain at Capella Christmas in July markets

FESTIVE FUN: The children at C&K; Capella Early Childhood Centre are excited about this weekend's Christmas in July markets at the Capella Cultural Centre.

Capella Christmas in July Markets features 106 stalls

Battlers grateful drought's brought people together

HELPING HAND: Calvin Bartley and Brad Todd at Winhaven at Aramac.

Jenny and Brad Todd receive boost during drought.

Giving hope to those touched by cancer

Bev Donohoe will lead the Central Highlands Relay for Life this year, 2016.Photo Rebekah Yelland / CQ News

Springsure's Bev Donohoe is the face of CH Relay for Life 2016

Latest deals and offers

Alpha butcher snags Sausage King accolade

Butcher owner Dean Maloney has snagged a major award for his unique sausages - on his first attempt.

Chopper pilot undergoes surgery

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

Helicopter pilot was undergoing surgery today

Grab a bargain at Capella Christmas in July markets

FESTIVE FUN: The children at C&K; Capella Early Childhood Centre are excited about this weekend's Christmas in July markets at the Capella Cultural Centre.

Capella Christmas in July Markets features 106 stalls

Ipswich drivers hate this more than anything else

Ipswich Motorway traffic at Goodna. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

RACQ names top ten worst driving habits

Battlers grateful drought's brought people together

HELPING HAND: Calvin Bartley and Brad Todd at Winhaven at Aramac.

Jenny and Brad Todd receive boost during drought.

Pizza chain goes into voluntary administration

Eagle Boys pizza store

Mackay Eagle Boys will continue to feed the Mackay community

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles