Residents of a retirement village are still having to deal with a flying fox problem.
Residents of a retirement village are still having to deal with a flying fox problem. Scottie Simmonds

Still no bat solution

RESIDENTS of Amaroo Retirement Village are no closer to finding a solution to a flying fox problem that has plagued them for the past five years.

Debate continues to rage with the publication of minutes of an environmental meeting held in Brisbane on August 16.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones had been critical of the role of the State Government and Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss, whom he said had accused the council of not acting quickly enough on the issue.

"Twelve months ago we were told we were sitting on our hands and the (Labor) government should be doing something about it," Cr Jones said.

"Now he is the politician who brought that up and is in government, what are they doing about it now?"

Mr Rickuss answered criticism from the council about the minutes claiming the council acted inadequately in dealing with the flying fox situation.

"It's not about destroying all the wildlife," he said.

"It's about managing satisfactory outcomes, so that moving the problem from Gatton doesn't become Laidley's problem, as highlighted by the council's consultant."

The minutes identified a dispersal of the flying foxes from the area would see the likely scenario of the bats moving to Laidley, which was also stated in a report commissioned by the council.

A spokeswoman for Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland said she was aware of the specifics of the Gatton flying fox colony and called for calmer measures to resolve the issue, as flying foxes were vital for pollination and the dispersal of seeds for native plants.

"There is a misconception with the public that flying foxes are the harbingers of disease," she said.

"The public have been de-sensitised in attitudes towards the plight of flying foxes through the disease message portrayed in the media."

The flying fox colony in Gatton cannot be moved on for another six months, as females are birthing.


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