CONTROL: Bats will be managed with vegetation control rather than dispersal at Noosa.
CONTROL: Bats will be managed with vegetation control rather than dispersal at Noosa. FILE

Bat dispersal off the cards for Noosa

THE Noosa Council has stood by its decision not to consider flying fox dispersal to provide relief for residents living near bat-infested Wallace and Pinaroo parks.

But a Noosa Council spokesperson said expert consultants Ecosure had encouraged the council to steer clear of dispersal methods.

"Ecosure... reinforced council's view that dispersal efforts are unlikely to achieve long term results of removing flying foxes from a local area," the spokesperson said.

"The consultant's report highlighted that dispersal attempts are expensive and fail to keep flying foxes away. The greatest concern is potentially shifting flying-foxes into other residential areas

"One of the most practical management actions for dealing with flying foxes in residential areas is to increase the space between homes and the vegetation where the flying foxes roost."

The council undertook vegetation work at Wallace Park in April and is investigating a sprinkler system trial to provide a further 15m barrier.