Power over bats now in hands of coun­cil

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WAR was de­clared in Gayn­dah this week against bat colonies in Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli said fly­ing foxes were not wel­come in com­mu­ni­ties and coun­cils would have au­thor­ity to­move them with­out in­ter­fer­ence.

“They are absolutely filthy, rot­ten, scoundrel crea­tures. They are dis­ease rid­den and there’s no place for them in com­mu­ni­ties,” Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli said.

Stand­ing near a bat-filled tree on Gayn­dah’s Bur­nett River banks, Mr Crisa­fulli said the per­mit gave North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil au­thor­ity to make its own de­ci­sions over fly­ing foxes.

Coun­cil can now side­step the Queens­land Govern­ment when mak­ing de­ci­sions about the best way to dis­perse the an­i­mals, mod­ify their roosts or move them on.

“And to those peo­ple who say that some­how th­ese are poor mis­taken crea­tures who re­ally are hard done by, I ask them to come and spend a lit­tle bit of time un­der that tree and they’ll have a vastly dif­fer­ent view,” he said.

“I back the judge­ment of peo­ple like the Mayor of the North Bur­nett to knowwhich ones need to bemoved on and how.

“Gone are the days of coun­cil be­ing put through the ringer and be­ing told that ‘no, un­for­tu­nately the bats are roost­ing’, or ‘un­for­tu­nately it’s a spe­cial time for the bats and they are all get­ting to­gether hav­ing a joy­ous oc­ca­sion and mak­ing the en­vi­ron­ment a bet­ter place’.”

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