Power over bats now in hands of council
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’.”