News

Culling 'only option' with bats

Flying foxes in Ross Creek in Yeppoon.
Flying foxes in Ross Creek in Yeppoon. Nikita Watts Roknbats

COUNCILLOR Ellen Smith believes culling the 10 flying fox colonies in the Rockhampton region could be the only way to combat further hendra outbreaks.

The self-confessed horse lover, and chairwoman of Rockhampton Regional Council's health and compliance committee, yesterday requested an urgent council report on the culling of the animals, which are carriers of the deadly virus.

Cr Smith plans to seek the support of the council to obtain a special culling permit from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

"We definitely meet the criteria for it endangering the community's safety," she said.

A Nankin woman remains in hospital for observation after being in contact with her foal which died from hendra on July 15.

The woman was yesterday in a stable condition and had not shown any symptoms of the virus.

The virus has killed four people since it was discovered in 1994.

Cr Smith's comments came after Premier Campbell Newman said on his visit to Paradise Lagoons Campdraft on Saturday the State Government would support the local government in humanely moving the flying foxes.

Cr Smith said she knew she would come up against resistance from conservationist groups.

She challenged them to provide her with information on the benefits of flying foxes.

"I have never ever seen good reasons coming from (the conservationist groups)," she said.

"What good do they possibly do to our environment?"

Cr Smith believes moving the colonies would only shift the threat of hendra elsewhere.

She added that there were simply too many flying foxes to move and they could easily return to their roosts.

The report will not come before the council until the committee holds a meeting again on August 7.

STAY SAFE

Hendra virus is carried by bats - they do not show symptoms

If you are concerned about a horse contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or 1800 675 888

More information at www.daff.qld.gov.au

Topics:  bats, culling, flying foxes, hendra



More rain on the horizon for Capricornia

WEATHER: Lightning srike.

Storms forecast for Capricorn early next week

Pawsome fun at dog trails

PAWESOME EFFORT: Zorion.

Dogs and handlers enjoy a fun day out at trials.

Filthy faeces prank lands boy in court

Rockhampton Courthouse

A boy used front steps as a toilet then threatened a neighbour.

Local Partners

Band inspired at recent workshop

CAPRICORNIA Silver Band freshly inspired from a workshop with virtuoso trombonist Warwick Tyrrell presented, "Journey" an exposition of polished Brass Band.


Your chance to win

$1000 TOY VOUCHER
Learn More

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual