PROSTON PLAGUE: Local real estate agent and former wildlife ecologist, Craig Stephens, said the flying foxes, who have now moved on, had caused the town nothing but grief since their arrival in March.
PROSTON PLAGUE: Local real estate agent and former wildlife ecologist, Craig Stephens, said the flying foxes, who have now moved on, had caused the town nothing but grief since their arrival in March. Kate McCormack

Pests a number one concern for our residents

ANIMAL and pest management is the number one reason South Burnett residents have contacted the council.

South Burnett Regional Council has received 815 calls regarding animals over the past five months.

Natural resources management and rural services portfolio holder Kathy Duff was pleased to announce during the general council meeting on Wednesday December 12, the Proston flying fox problem had been resolved.

"The little Red Flying Foxes have left the area so the problem for the community has settled for the time being,” she said.

"If they've moved onto other pastures, that's good news for Proston.”

There are still black flying foxes present in Proston, but they are roosting further away and not concerning the community.

The council will still follow through with community meetings regarding the bats next year.

Cr Duff said the council loaned out wild dog, feral cat and feral pig traps to landholders in Crawford, Kingaroy, Wondai and Gordonbrook.

There was 520 wild dog and feral pig baits provided to landholders during November, across the Taabinga, Cobbs Hill, Speedwell and Booie areas.

Council's NRM staff attended to reports of wandering horses in Kingaroy, Nanango and Ballogie, and wandering cattle in Nanango, Abbeywood, Coolabunia, Leafdale, and Wondai.

They also followed up reports of wandering pigs at Ellesmere and Wattlecamp, sheep at Taabinga, as well as ponies at Wattlecamp.

Council staff also trapped rabbits to inject them with Calici virus on Coolabunia properties.

South Burnett

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