BATTY NEIGHBOURS: Hopefully the Noosa colony is now shrinking.
BATTY NEIGHBOURS: Hopefully the Noosa colony is now shrinking. Contributed

Council to move on Maroochydore bat colony

A FLYING fox colony living close to homes and schools in Maroochydore could finally move on within the next few weeks.

Hundreds of households in the area around Tepequar Dr have been affected by the putrid smell and piercing sound of the bats for two years.

Sunshine Coast Council will carry out a non-lethal flying fox displacement program in the area this month.

The same methods were effective in moving a colony at Coolum recently.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray said the bat population in Maroochydore fluctuated between 11,000 and 26,000.

He said the dispersal initiative would give residents the chance to finally live "in peace" again.

"There were a number of health issues and other massive issues residents were experiencing,'' he said.

"The smell and the noise from the bats have a massive impact."

Cr O'Pray said the start of the dispersal process, which included vegetation removal, was already proving to be effective.

"We've had a massive decline in bat numbers in the colony," he said.

"We're still really hopeful the rest will be successful."

Plumes of smoke, noise and air blowers will be used in coming weeks to disperse the rest of the population.

Cr O'Pray said while there was no way of controlling the problem long-term, the dispersal project would ensure residents got some relief.

"The council officers have got it completely under control and we stand a very good chance of success," he said.


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