Flying foxes close public facilities

Flying foxes invade Charters Towers

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Flying foxes have invaded Lissner Park.

Flying foxes have invaded Lissner Park.

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Two parks and a pool have been impacted by the latest flying fox invasion in Charters Towers.

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TWO parks are closed and a swimming pool has reduced operating hours as thousands of flying foxes continue to invade Charters Towers.

Lissner Park and Centenary Park have been closed since Monday for community safety, while the pool has reduced hours so further cleaning can be undertaking.

Charters Towers Regional Council acting Mayor Sonia Bennetto said public safety was council's priority.

"Over the past week we have seen a significant increase in flying fox numbers in town especially around the parks," Cr Bennetto said.

"A risk assessment has determined that the flying fox roosts may pose a risk to public safety, especially the risk of falling tree limbs.

"It's unfortunate that we have to temporarily close the parks again, however public and staff safety is our first and foremost priority."

Cr Bennetto said operating hours of the 50 metre and wading pools at the Kennedy Regiment Memorial Pool would be reduced to allow cleaning of the facility.

The reduced hours will be in effect Monday to Friday for the outdoor pools with the pool open from 8am to 6pm.

"We understand the frustrations and disappointment of the community, especially those residents impacted by flying fox on a daily basis. We appreciate everyone's patience," Cr Bennetto said.

"As flying fox are protected under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992 any dispersal actions are heavily regulated.

"Experts advise that it's best not to disturb the bats as daytime harassment distresses the flying foxes and weakens them. This affects their ability to migrate, prolonging their stay.

"Council is working with the Department of Environment and Science on a relocation plan in mid next year when numbers are low.

"This will provide the best possible chances of success, and unfortunately this is a long-term project and not a quick fix."

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