Tamworth's flying fox issue on collision course with Barnaby Joyce

COLLISION COURSE: A plane carrying then-Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was hit by a bat coming into to Tamworth last week.
COLLISION COURSE: A plane carrying then-Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was hit by a bat coming into to Tamworth last week.

TAMWORTH’S flying fox influx was taken indirectly to the highest political office in the land.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce took the reins as Acting Prime Minister last week and he inadvertently took his electorate’s flying fox issue head on.

Flying into Tamworth last Wednesday night, Mr Joyce’s plane was intercepted by a bat, a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed to The Leader.

The bat hit the plane, but didn’t cause any damage to the Acting PM’s special purpose aircraft, however he was delayed by 20 to 30 minutes.

It comes as Tamworth councillors expressed their frustration over the flying fox management plan not working.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson told The Leader  the bats had caused significant damage and distress and called for more drastic measures.

Mr Anderson said an investigation into the native mammals’ endangered status was needed and called for culling to be an option when populations got too large.