Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

MP Wants Licence to Scare; Albury Is Frightening Away Bats with Chainsaws and Starting Guns

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

MP Wants Licence to Scare; Albury Is Frightening Away Bats with Chainsaws and Starting Guns

Article excerpt

Byline: Georja Ryan Georja.ryan@dailyexaminer.com.au

BAT FACTS

THE Department of Education said Maclean High School had not applied for a licence to scare the bats and previous licences had been obtained by third parties.

"Maclean High has no plans to apply for a licence under the current legislation," a department spokesman said.

"The school community will continue to work to have this issue resolved."

MEMBER for Clarence Chris Gulaptis is chiming the same chorus he has for the past 14 years: "If you've got the balls, we've got the bats."

In a bid to have legislation changed for the relocation of flying fox colonies, Mr Gulaptis hopes the petition he launched in Maclean earlier this year will continue to snowball until it has 10,000 signatures - enough to have it debated at State Parliament and, ultimately, produce an outcome similar to that of Albury.

On Friday last week, Albury City Council was given the tick of approval to use scare tactics to relocate 1400 flying foxes that had set up camp in its botanical gardens.

The council had applied for a licence from the Office of Environment and Heritage to employ scare tactics in an attempt to relocate the bats.

The application was approved and the council now uses athletic starting pistols, whipper snippers, chainsaws, blowers, mowers and computer-generated recordings, as well as banging metal objects to frighten the animals away.

The fright-stint started on Monday and Albury City parks and recreation team leader David Armstrong said the results were so far positive.

"It worked really well (on Monday) and also (Tuesday), leaving only a handful of bats," Mr Armstrong said.

"We will do it for four weeks where we make noise at dawn and dusk daily."

Mr Armstrong said they were "under no illusion" the bats would not return, but anything to help ease the issue was a step in the right direction. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.