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Don't Touch Flying Foxes

Gympie Regional Council is reminding residents to not touch injured or deceased flying foxes.

Flying foxes are potential carriers of the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) and if they scratch or bite a person, they could infect them with the virus.

While actual human cases are low – there have only been three cases in Australia in the last 24 years – it’s important to be cautious as it can be deadly.

Councillor Bruce Devereaux said that Gympie currently has one of the largest flying fox colonies in Queensland at Commissioner Gully.

“Whether we like it or not, flying foxes are loving the Gympie region right now.

“And this means that, while people are out and about, the chances of encountering an injured or dead flying fox is a little higher than normal,” he said.

Queensland Health advises that if you (or your child) come across a bat:
1. Do not touch the bat, even if it seems to be dead.
2. If the bat seems sick, injured or stuck, contact a wildlife rescue organisation such as ANARRA, which has vaccinated, trained bat carers or the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

If you or someone you know has been bitten or scratched by a bat, or bat saliva has entered your eye, nose or mouth:
1. Wash the affected area gently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least five minutes
2. Apply an antiseptic (alcohol-based or iodine-based) to the area of the scratch or bite
3. Immediately contact medical services. A vaccine is available and while it is rare to become infected, it can be fatal. You can contact:
• Your GP
• 13HEALTH information line on 13 43 25 84
• Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service public health unit on 1300 017 190.


A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 25 November 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 25 November 2020

This week, myself and councillors hosted Alan MacSporran QC. 

Mr MacSporran is the chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission and was in town to speak with Councillors and myself to a range of topics. 

The CCC are not just an enforcement body.

They perform a range of functions which assist in the regulation of local governments.

But, local government, by its very nature can only function in conjunction with community. This partnership is a marriage or sorts. 

While Council and the community may not always see eye-to-eye, at the end of the day council is there to support our residents. 

However, Council relies on many individuals, groups, organisations and services in order to deliver what we need to. 

And although our core business is roads, rates, rubbish and water, this doesn’t mean we should exclude work that involves, engages and captures the community spirit we possess here in spades.   

For example, Council will soon be asking you to assist us with our waste management planning.  

Council is forming a reference group to help plan for the future of our waste facilities. Examples like this show how residents can have direct input into the direction of council.  

Council also works closely with emergency services in planning for, during and recovering from natural disasters and works in conjunction with tourism bodies and representatives from a host of industries. The partnerships are under the mandate of helping this region prosper. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig

 

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