This is bat country, or is it?
GAYNDAH is hoping for a swift decision on North Burnett Council’s application for a bat mitigation permit, to move on thousands of bats plaguing the town.
Councillors met with the Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland Health and Bio Security Queensland in Brisbane last week to discuss fast-tracking its application.
Mayor Joy Jensen said the council had been assured it would receive swift assistance to have the permit passed.
“We do have a pre-lodgement meeting scheduled in Gayndah next week,” she said.
“We have been given assurance that they will process the application in a timely manner.”
Cr Jensen said a future management draft plan was discussed at the meeting, which would give a “three-year window” for damage mitigation permits, if the bats returned.
“For those towns with permanent colonies, that will be wonderful for them,” she said.
The mayor hoped Gayndah’s bat situation was “a one-off”.
“It’s an exceptional situation for so many bats to take up residence in close proximity to human activity and traffic,” she said. “I believe we can manage the situation to make sure they don’t come back.”