Tamworth group calls for 10,000 signatures on local flying fox issue

PEOPLE POWER: From left Craig Cox, Ruth Stuart, Jim Booth and Greg Clark calling for signatures on their petition. Photo: Peter Hardin 150817PHB019
PEOPLE POWER: From left Craig Cox, Ruth Stuart, Jim Booth and Greg Clark calling for signatures on their petition. Photo: Peter Hardin 150817PHB019

TAMWORTH activists have launched a new petition calling on the state government to consider stronger measures for dealing with flying fox colonies.

The Flying Fox Action Committee Tamworth (FFACT) recently launched the petition as part of its campaign to investigate the need for a protection on flying species in NSW.

The group are hoping to garner 10,000 signatures so the issue has to be discussed on the floor of NSW parliament.

Armidale Rd resident, Greg Clark, was more than happy to throw his support behind the new petition.

Mr Clark said he was “distraught” by this year’s influx of bats to his property.

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“We pay a massive amount of rates for the land here,” he said.

“I feel like it would be value-less now.”

Mr Clark said he has lived on his three acre property for 30 years and hadn’t seen a flying fox colony take up roost there before this year.

He believes a petition to the state government was the best place to start to spark some action on the issue and hoped culling wasn’t the solution.

“Ideally, we should start at the top and see if we can get them off the endangered list,” he said.

“I don’t like killing animals.

“There are ways of moving them without hurting them.” 

FFACT spokesperson Craig Cox said Tamworth group has made contact with the NSW Scientific Committee about the local push to reconsider the native mammals’ vulnerable status.

Kevin Anderson’s office was contacted for comment.