Councils to cop 'please explain' about flying foxes

COUNCILS plagued by urban flying fox roosts could be required to provide a statement explaining how they will handle the animals under new Queensland Government legislation.

However, many councils across the state have already provided the government with statements about their plans to manage flying foxes.

MPs queried whether the environment bill would place more responsibility to deal with the roosts on the shoulders of councils at a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.

But an Environment and Heritage Protection Department officer told the committee the statements would help the councils "draw a line" regarding their management of the animals.

The officer said it would also help keep communities informed of the positions of the councils.

The legislation made up part of sweeping reforms to environmental protection, waste management and recycling.

When Environment Minister Andrew Powell first introduced the bill last month he said it aimed to offer "clearer and simpler processes to Queensland's businesses and stronger protection for Queensland's environment".

- APN NEWSDESK



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