Flying foxes claim win over Toowoomba council
COUNCIL has admitted defeat in its fight against flying foxes in the region after spending half-a-million dollars on a failed dispersal program.
It has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on attempting to relocate the bats but they have remained and will have the last laugh.
Council will discontinue its flying fox dispersal programs in Highfields, Oakey and Kearneys Spring, while continuing to monitor the roosts.
"The flying foxes have won, they own that park now (Kearneys Spring Park)," Cr John Gouldson said.
Council will likely now have to pay for Toowoomba Live Steamers to relocate its operations from Kearneys Spring.
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The resident is now more heavily impacted by the flying foxes while three other homes are less affected.
Council will now embark on an information and education campaign to provide factual information about flying foxes and associated risks.
It will give consideration to allocate funding at a future budget review to meet the costs of monitoring and managing flying foxes and the education campaign.
Cr Nancy Sommerfield angrily spoke against the motion to discontinue the dispersal at Kearneys Spring in today's committee meeting.
"I've never heard such rot - that we hand over the park to flying foxes," she said.
Cr Sommerfield argued that council should continue its efforts in Kearneys Spring Park and remove more vegetation.
Another vote will take place to ratify today's decision at next week's ordinary meeting.