Tamworth Regional Council says it's crisis time in flying fox saga

HARDER STANCE: Tamworth Regional Council readies for harder squeeze on government regarding the flying foxes. Photo: Peter Hardin
HARDER STANCE: Tamworth Regional Council readies for harder squeeze on government regarding the flying foxes. Photo: Peter Hardin

TAMWORTH Regional Council admits the city’s flying fox problem has reached a crisis point.

Councillor Russell Webb called on council to “push a bit harder” on the state and federal government when it comes to managing the colonies of bats which have taken up roost a long the Peel River.

“The management plan we’ve got is not working, it’s not fixing the problem,” Cr Webb said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

General manger Paul Bennett said the bats were now in the third trimester of their pregnancy and “will not move”.

“My heart bleeds for the people living on the north-eastern side of the river,” he said.

Mr Bennett said council had no power “without authority from the state government”.

“I’d like to see a delegation come to Tamworth and see how our people are living here.”

Mayor Col Murray said enough was enough and it had hit a crisis time in the flying fox saga, but conceded council couldn’t “impact much for this bat season”.