SAFETY HAZARD: Bats roosting at Gaeta have destroyed trees and driven other native wildlife away, residents say.
SAFETY HAZARD: Bats roosting at Gaeta have destroyed trees and driven other native wildlife away, residents say. Trevor Farrell

LETTER: Good luck but I doubt you’ll win the fight

TO THE thousands of Coolum/Noosaville people currently battling to have bats removed from their areas, I would sincerely like to be writing to offer you encouragement in your fight with the council.

Unfortunately, my previous experience in regard to the Tepequar Drive/Stella Maris bat problem gives me nothing to suggest that you will win your battle in the near future.

I know exactly what you are going through but under the current legislation, the truth of the matter is the bats have more rights than the citizens.

Whilst the council made some effort to expedite the removal of the Stella Maris bat colony, it was years before anything actually happened and being a sceptic, I would not be surprised to see the bats return at some time in the future.

Various options for removal were offered to the council including an $18,000 high frequency sound machine (with a proven track record) but that was declined.

One would have thought, given the history of bat colonies returning to old roosts, an $18,000 plug-in machine that could be easily transported to all areas would have been an option worth considering.

DAVID HARDIE

Maroochydore


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