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March 1, 2021

Bats driving us batty

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Man is very cleaver when it comes to computers and increasing our knowledge, making amazing break throughs in the medical field, and sending rockets to Mars. The two areas where we seem to make a lot of work for ourselves is, being able to handle social issues and the other one is, bats.

Bats bring disease, they smell, are noisy, spray people, stain roofs and consequently pollute water in tanks, strip trees bare, and we see everywhere a problem around schools and the possibility of affecting children’s health. Unfortunately we are intruding into their territory, and they into ours. Now they live in the centre of Mullumbimby.

We cull brumbies, crocs, kangaroos and foxes, why not bats? Why do we hesitate to combat the bat plague, is it too sensitive a subject in this delicate age? Are the CSIRO or other authorities looking for an answer, as we don’t seem to see much evidence, just silence on the issue. Maybe high frequency sound waves could be a solution.

We see much regulation and concentration on health issues in the media, but here is a blatant disregard for an obvious health risk in the centre of our very own community. Who are we going to put first, bats or people? I suggest the latter.

Terry Newling, Mullumbimby

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  1. In response to “Bats driving us batty”, there is a solution to your point: [Unfortunately we are intruding into their territory, and they into ours.] and the solution could be; let’s cut down all of the trees and palms and anything that creates fruit and replace it with ‘plastic’ trees, so as it is also safe [no limbs will fall off] or disease enter the trees or palms causing toppling of plant etc.
    This would resolve all of the problems and bats would be gone forever. The live plants can be located out in the boon-docks of Australia where we could also put a few internment camps for the boat people and thus we would feel humane. We don’t want to rid all of the live plants do we?

  2. Typical Middle earth Mullum Nimbyism. Abbott and/or climate change will affect lifespans and health and levels of suffering far in excess of bats. If you are truly concerned about community health perhaps a step backwards to regular spraying of streets for mosquitoes may be of some use. Signed, Dave spokesperson for the bats union.


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