In 2013 Council adopted the Flying-fox Management Strategy to assist in managing Burdekin Park. Council and the community adopted option 1 for managing the park as other efforts were too costly at the time. The purpose of the document is to support any applications made to the government in relocation efforts, and to educate the community.
The strategy clearly shows the impact that the flying-foxes have had on the park and community. It also outlines the many of the efforts that have happened over the past 15 years to move on the flying-foxes, but to no avail. Some of the methods attempted have been:
In 2010 Council removed some trees and trimmed a lot of branches for public safety as the flying-foxes had defoliated and eventually destroyed the trees. This maintenance work required permission from both the State and Federal Governments as the flying-foxes are a protected species. This work was never intended as a relocation effort, it was solely for public safety.
Council will continue to investigate all legal means and options to reduce the impact caused to our residents and visitors by the flying-foxes. We take seriously the negative impact this has caused the community, however, we need to manage the flying-foxes in a legally supported way.
On 3 March 2016, Council closed the park until further notice due to the increased risk of falling branches. Temporary barricades were installed pending conditions improving or a permanent solution being found.
Council also applied to amend its Section 91 licence to conduct emergency trimming to the trees to remove dangerous branches.