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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.

 


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