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Flying-fox management reforms a step in the right direction

News Release

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Flying-fox management reforms a step in the right direction

Queensland councils have welcomed the Newman Government’s move to streamline the management of flying-fox colonies, saying the current system is weighed down by bureaucratic “green tape”.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell has announced that councils will be granted “as of right” authority to disperse or otherwise deal with problem flying-fox colonies in designated urban areas.

Local Government Association of Queensland President Margaret de Wit said the LGAQ was keen to work with the Government to ensure the proposed Code of Practice governing the new management arrangements reflected the interests of councils and their local communities.

“It is good that the Government has recognised local government has a major role to play in responsible flying-fox management and should be trusted to get on with the job of properly serving their communities without having to worry about things like damage mitigation permits,’’ Cr de Wit said.

“However, there are now some important issues to work through with the Minister, such as the question of the state’s responsibility over land it owns or controls as well as liability concerns.’’

“We look forward to ensuring this step leads to a workable, efficient system of responsibly managing flying-foxes that is more in keeping with the expectations of local communities throughout Queensland.’’

ENDS
 

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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