Dear Residents

Charters Towers Regional Council is giving Residents the opportunity to have their say regarding the management of flying foxes.
The aim of the survey is to understand community expectations for flying fox management by Government Agencies and Council.
The survey will ask you to decide on 3 options for dealing with the flying foxes, and to indicate the areas which most concern you.

  • Option 1 is for Government Agencies and Charters Towers Regional Council to take no action and leave the flying foxes as is.
  • Option 2 is to have flying foxes relocated to a new camp. Relocation can be very time consuming and costly, with no guarantee of success.
  • Option 3 is to reduce flying fox impact by using management methods to confine flying fox to certain areas. This may include tree removal, tree replacement, netting and constructing barriers to reduce noise.

Please share your expectations for the management of Flying Foxes in the Charters Towers Region. Council will consider the feedback from the community in formulating its flying fox management strategy with Government Agencies.

The results of this survey will be published in the Northern Miner early in the New Year, and provide a basis for Council to lobby both State and Federal Governments.

This survey is open, voluntary, and anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Chief Executive Officer

* 1. Please select which of the following options would you like to see happen?

* 2. On a scale of 1 to  4 (1 being the least concern and 4 being the most concern), please tell us what concerns you have about the flying foxes in Charters Towers.

  1  Least Concern 2 3 4  Most Concern
Reducing the impact of noise, odour and excrement from flying-foxes roosting on residents?
Ensuring the risk of disease transmission remains low.
How important is it to you that implementing these options does not disrupt residents and businesses, e.g. early morning dispersal
How important is it to you that implementing these options does not impact the natural, historical or ecological values of the site?

* 3. The cost of relocation and impact reduction options may incur significant costs. Who should be responsible for these costs?

* 4. Please indicate where you live?

* 5. If the cost is to be borne by Local Government, how do you think it should be funded?

* 6. Optional Comments - outline any further comments you may have - (100 words or less)