Bat so­lu­tion a wait­ing game

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FR U S T R A T E D re s i d e n t s will have to be pa­tient and wait for a roost of thou­sands of red fly­ing foxes to move on, Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper says.

It comes as Townsville City Coun­cil re­vealed they ex­pect to spend $ 40,000 by the end of the year man­ag­ing the colony in Dan Glee­son Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Thuringowa.

Mr Harper said the coun­cil was do­ing all they could to con­trol the fly­ing fox sit­u­a­tion.

“It is known that lit­tle reds are quite no­madic,” he said.

“I ask peo­ple for some pa­tience.

“I hope they can get on top of it and en­cour­age the bats to move out of town.”

Mr Harper said he was will­ing to speak to En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles to see if there was any­thing else that could be done.

“I’m happy to take any fur­ther ideas back to the min­is­ter,” he said.

Ing­ham has bat­tled for years against fly­ing fox colonies roost­ing in the Botanic Gar­dens, but Mayor Ra­mon Jayo said they could do lit­tle to man­age the bats.

“At the mo­ment our num­bers are down since the Lit­tle Reds aren’t around but they may come back,” he said. “You can’t do too much. “If you start dis­pers­ing them, you may just dis­perse them into sub­ur­bia. Every­one has a tree in their back­yard where they could end up.”

Cr Jayo said each coun­cil could only do the best they could to man­age the prob­lem with­out wast­ing public funds.

“We do not have the pow­ers to be able to do any­thing,” he said. “The Gov­ern­ment is telling us we need to live with the bats. I want them to come and tell my com­mu­nity that be­cause they do not want to live with the bats.”

Thuringowa res­i­dent Dean Law­son said $ 40,000 seemed like a lot of money to spend on the colony.

“If they’re spend­ing that much money, that seems a bit ex­ces­sive,” he said.

“I’m not a bat ex­pert but there must be an­other op­tion.

“I’m just con­cerned about what dis­eases they might be car­ry­ing.”

LEFT DANGLING: Fly­ing Foxes at Dan Glee­son Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Kir­wan; ( in­set) the yes­ter­day.

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