Flying-foxes are the largest flying mammals in the world, acting as long-range seed dispersers and pollinators for a large number of native trees.
As gaps between forested areas become wider, flying-foxes are being found in backyards and orchards, and even establishing new roost sites in urban areas. This can bring flying-foxes into conflict with people.
The Queensland Government has implemented two significant reforms for flying-fox management.
The first reform, implemented in 2012, allows commercial growers to apply for damage mitigation permits for the lethal control of flying-foxes as a last resort crop protection measure, in accordance with a code of practice and with limited statewide quotas as agreed by the Commonwealth Government.
The second reform, implemented in 2013, introduces a new approach to management of flying fox roosts, including:
- an as-of-right authority for local governments to manage, including disperse, flying-fox roosts in defined urban areas without the need for a permit under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, in accordance with a code of practice;
- an as-of-right authority for all persons to undertake low impact activities (e.g. weeding, mulching, mowing and minor tree trimming) at flying-fox roosts in accordance with a code of practice; and
- a new permitting process for any activities that are not authorised as-of-right.
These reforms are in line with the Government’s objective to reduce red tape, but contain important limitations and safeguards to ensure the sustainability of Queensland’s flying-fox species will not be put at risk.
- Importance of flying-foxes
- Living near flying-foxes
- Netting backyard fruit trees
- Flying-fox roost locations
- Authorised flying-fox roost management
- Indicative local government scale maps of urban flying-fox management areas
- Generate an urban flying-fox management area map
- Damage mitigation permits for crop protection
- Flying-fox viruses
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