Sunwater recognises the important role that flying-foxes play in dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants within the habitats where our assets are found. Their high mobility makes them highly effective forest pollinators, supporting biodiversity through native plant germination.
While flying foxes can help to keep forests healthy, they can pose potential safety risks when they come into contact with people e.g. bites and scratches can potentially transfer disease.
To help minimise contact between flying foxes and people, management is required to ensure the impact community and environment are carefully considered.
Flying fox management at Burdekin Falls Dam
Since May 2021, flying fox numbers at Burdekin Falls Dam have significantly increased over time, with a colony of 250,000 ‘little reds’ and 50,000 black flying foxes currently in roost.
The movement of the colony into key recreational zones has forced the closure of some areas in the interest of public safety.
The lookout and selected areas in the camp grounds are currently closed. In addition, the public amenities and picnic area near the Sunwater site office is closed.
Sunwater has engaged with Ecosure to provide solutions to manage the dispersal of the Burdekin Falls Dam colony through a Flying Fox Management Plan (the Plan).
The Plan outlines a management framework that considers the associated impacts in line with legislation, community and recommendations by the Department of Environment and Science.
Updates on the Burdekin Falls Dam flying fox colony can be found at: bit.ly/RecSafetyAlert.