PESTS: Proston residents are concerned about the flying foxes.
PESTS: Proston residents are concerned about the flying foxes. Mike Richards GLA061017BATS

Colonies of pests in the Burnett

PROSTON residents have been concerned about a large number of flying foxes near the town.

South Burnett Regional Council reported there was a flying fox colony living in the scrub opposite Beresford St.

Proston residents living nearby were concerned about the animal's impact on the water quality, noise, smell and the spread of disease.

Councillor Kathy Duff said the flying foxes were in the order of millions and fly over Proston in the late evening.

They then come back again to roost in the early hours of the morning.

The council are currently investigating the situation and will work with the community on the best way to manage the issue.

The council pest management team have recently worked to control other pests around the South Burnett.

The regional wild dog and feral pig control program during September assisted 59 landholders to control pest animals.

Landholders distributed a total of 2001 wild dog baits and 1,588 feral pig baits on a total of 128 properties over an area of 34,409 hectares.

A number of rabbits were also trapped and injected with Calici virus on properties across Crawford, Coolabunia, Maidenwell, Ballogie, Cloyna and Kingaroy.

Rabbit traps were loaned from the council, and landholders in Tingoora borrowed six cat traps and wild dog traps, as well as cameras to monitor wild dog activity in Booie.

The council are currently finalising their biosecurity program after attending a South Burnett Grazing Network meeting and listening to the advice from landholders to meet their biosecurity needs.

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