Kat­ter slams Cairns’ ‘bat at­trac­tion’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Kennedy Bob Kat­ter has spo­ken out against the lat­est calls for a tourism at­trac­tion to be made of the burst­ing fly­ing fox pop­u­la­tion that re­sides in the Cairns CBD.

“Bats aren’t an ex­cit­ing tourist at­trac­tion, they stink and they carry dis­ease. They need to be re­moved.

“Fly­ing foxes as part of the Cairns tourism ex­pe­ri­ence will all be over when we get two or three tourists who die or fall ill from Lys­savirus, Ni­pah dis­ease, Hen­dra virus and Lep­tospiro­sis, all of which are car­ried by fly­ing foxes.

“If you can’t walk un­der a tree in Cairns CBD be­cause of the bats, we have a prob­lem.”

Two weeks prior, Mr Kat­ter in a speech to Par­lia­ment House, is­sued a chal­lenge to the Queens­land Min­is­ter of Health to get rid of fly­ing foxes from dense ur­ban ar­eas.

In his speech, the Mem­ber for Kennedy fo­cused on the en­vi­ron­men­tal dev­as­ta­tion and health is­sues caused by the pro­lif­er­a­tion of fly­ing foxes in some ar­eas of North Queens­land.

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