Gold Coast residents being driven bat crazy by deafening flying foxes

The State Opposition is calling on the Government to step in and save Gold Coast residents from a colony of bats that has forced some from their homes.

Residents around Coombabah are at breaking point with the bats screeching and dropping faeces just metres from homes.

Shadow Environment Minister and Broadwater MP David Crisafulli says enough is enough and the State Government needs to take action.


“There’s several families and they’re going through a living hell at the moment and the reason why is we have this culture that somehow puts the rights of bats ahead of the rights of families and it’s just really, really sad,” Mr Crisafulli said.

Council says it’s restricted in what action it can take because the bats are a protected species.

Mr Crisafulli says the buck stops with Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

“All that she needs to do, with a flick of a switch, the stroke of a pen, she can order and allow the Council to do the work to move these things on. It’s not hard its been done before.

“Whether that’s the sensible pruning of trees or making noise, smoking and pushing them out and driving them out to the bush where they belong, that’s what needs to happen.

“I want to see babies put before bats and families put before flying foxes.

Mr Crisafulli says he’s written to the Minister and raised it on the floor of State Parliament and the time for talk is over.

“They keeping passing the buck back to Council and the issue lies with the State Government. The State Government needs to give the necessary approvals.”