BATS GONE: Plants Plus contractors removing mango trees in Tony Price’s front yard.
BATS GONE: Plants Plus contractors removing mango trees in Tony Price’s front yard. Peter Carruthers

Bats ‘expected to move on’ in a week says council

THOSE residents living near the bat colony are glad to see their habitat come down last week at the hands of contract arborists.

Tree loppers moved on the mango trees in Tony Prices front yard and the Casuarina tress in the neighbouring Rotary Park to solve the problem of a noisy and dirty bat colony.

But Director of Planning and Community Services, Dan Staley said two weeks ago the removal of trees could make the bats someone else's problem.

"Unfortunately, the colony can be expected to move to another roosting location within 600 metres of their current Faust Street roost," he said.

Close up of a flying fox in a mango tree in Tony Price's yard.
Close up of a flying fox in a mango tree in Tony Price's yard. Peter Carruthers

"(Council will) continue to monitor the colony in the coming weeks and months and determine whether any further action is required."

Mr Price was said he was disappointed the 100-year-old mango trees were gone but believed the council to be doing a "good job".

"If they took the canopy out of the trees I don't know that that would have achieved what they had to do," he said.

"I have been looking at the trees since 1959 but at the same time I am very happy to see the bats go."

They have gone from Mr Price's yard but about 100 bats remain roosting in eucalypt trees in Rotary Park.

These tress have been spared the axe because "eucalyptus trees don't provide flying-foxes with a hospitable environment," council said.

"Flying-foxes will not settle in that environment due to the lack of shelter and shade."

"They are expected to move on in the coming week or so."


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