18 C
Byron Shire
May 8, 2021

Have a say in flying fox survey

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

Boarding houses

Matthew O’Reilly, CABS president and Council candidate for the new Byron Greens The over-development of cramped boarding-house accommodation in Sunrise...

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

The top non-invasive skin treatments for glowing skin

With all the time we spend in the sun, our skin can start to show signs of aging sooner than we’d like. But the idea of an invasive treatment to fix skin problems is likely not the first choice for many people.

Northern New South Wales residents are invited to share their thoughts and views on flying foxes in a new survey.

Biosecurity Queensland researcher Dr Hume Field said the community survey on flying foxes was now available online.

‘We are particularly interested in people’s attitudes to flying foxes and their understanding of the risk factors for Hendra virus,’ Dr Field said.

‘The survey also asks questions about attitudes to the dispersal of flying fox colonies in local communities.

‘The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated confidentially. I would strongly encourage people to take part, especially if they live in a community where flying foxes are regarded as problematic.’

Dr Field said responses would be used to identify knowledge gaps and inform the direction of future communication programs run by government agencies.

‘Education is one of the most important tools in our arsenal against Hendra virus,’ Dr Field said.

‘While many people have taken an active role in educating themselves about the risks factors for Hendra virus, there is still a lot of misinformation surrounding the issue.

‘This is the third and last in a series of surveys designed to collect and analyse stakeholder opinions and attitudes on Hendra virus and flying foxes.

‘The first survey focused on horse owners while the second survey was designed to determine attitudes of vets.’

This research is supported by the Queensland government, the New South Wales government and the Australian government under the National Hendra Virus Research Program.

To take part in the survey or for more information about the Hendra Virus Research Program visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 07 3404 6999.

The survey closes on October 12.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.