PLAYGROUND equipment currently installed at Apex Park in Pialba will be relocated to Booral Community Park.
The playground at Apex Park – situated along Charlton Esplanade in the vicinity of Tooan Tooan Creek – will be closed permanently.
Fraser Coast Division 9 Councillor David Lee said Apex Park is often closed for extended periods of time because a large colony of flying foxes regularly use the trees there as a roosting site.
“The canopy of a large Ficus tree covers the playground at Apex Park and it needs to be closed when flying foxes are roosting as their droppings foul the play area,” Cr Lee said.
Flying fox droppings pose a health risk to humans.
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“Council cannot keep opening and closing the playground so has made the decision to relocate playground equipment to the Booral Community Park in Oslove Drive.
“The fence will also be removed and the area under the large Ficus tree canopy mulched out.
“Work to dismantle the playground equipment will start this week and take about four weeks to complete. The process to remove the play equipment involves a lot of hand work to protect the Ficus tree roots.”
Cr Lee said the Fraser Coast was home to three different species of flying fox, all of which were protected by law.
“The population of the colony can vary from a few thousand Black flying foxes to hundreds of thousands of Little Red flying foxes. Occasionally, the numbers can reach up to a million,” he said.
“Council will not undertake any actions aimed at the disturbance or relocation of flying fox roosts, in accordance with our Statement of Management Intent for Flying-fox roost management.”
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