Going batty: Bob Katter’s son announces plan to send thousands of BATS from Queensland to NSW to increase their number after forest fires
- Robbie Katter suggested shipping Queensland bats to New South Wales
- He urged the state government to tackle the problem because residents are “going crazy”
- Last month, 250,000 bats descended on Deception Bay, north of Brisbane
- Before that a helicopter with 300,000 bats was swumed on the way to the hospital
Robbie Katter called for bats to be sent to NSW to tackle the influx into Queensland
Robbie Katter has called on the Queensland government to send thousands of bats to NSW after the number of animals was decimated during the bushfire crisis.
Katter is one of the handful of MPs from Queensland who are persistent in their idea of sending thousands of flying foxes to New South Wales is watertight.
Cities and towns in the north of the state are overtaken by huge swarms of bats, while populations across the southern border have been destroyed by forest fires.
Robbie Katter, the son of Bob Katter and now leader of the Katter Australian Party (KAP), says the solution is simple: send the Queensland bats to the south to relieve the burden of fed up residents while you have NSW numbers complements.
Mr Katter has urged the state government to finance and approve a distribution plan.
“Such dispersions are complex, but I have personally spoken to professional contractors who can now come up with a reasonable expectation of success,” he said in a statement.
“It’s a shame the minister is chairing this ecological crisis – if it were in the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane or along Southbank, the issue would have been addressed yesterday.”
Mr Katter urged the state government to tackle the problem, because residents are ‘going crazy’ due to the influx of bats (stock)
The proposal comes after an influx of 150,000 red flying foxes was noticed in the CBD of Brisbane – the second time it happened in just three years.
This led to the closure of two local parks, limited hours at a local swimming pool and the creation of animal houses in trees around schools, old people’s homes and private homes.
Mr. Katter argued that waiting until April to distribute the bats until April was “unacceptable” because residents live in “terrible circumstances.”
He blames the state government for delaying the process because “councils do not have the resources to properly handle issues of this magnitude.”
After a horror bushfire season from December to January, the city of Brisbane saw an influx of 250,000 bats land on Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, and another 150,000 were seen in nearby Bongaree.
In Ingham, a small town in northern Queensland, the bat population has risen enormously with more than 300,000 creatures moving in.
A helicopter that found its way to a hospital in the area was flooded with bats and could not land.
A helicopter in northern Queensland (photo) was armed by a large number of bats and could not land at the Ingham Hospital