Constance pleased with dispersal

PROGRESS MADE: Bega MP Andrew Constance, Flying Fox Task Force chairman Russell Schneider and Eurobodalla Shire Council director of Planning and Sustainability Lindsay Usher joined the dispersal team on Monday morning.
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BEGA MP Andrew Constance on Monday morning visited for the first time the flying fox dispersal front line and was pleased with the progress.

At 4.45am, Mr Constance met with the dispersal team and watched them at work on the Catalina Golf Course. The State Government committed $2.5 million to the dispersal.

Even taking to a banging a cow bell himself, Mr Constance applauded the volunteers and workers for their efforts.

“I am very grateful to the community. They deserve enormous praise for being patient and enduring the noises in the early hours of the day,” he said.

“Talking to the (dispersal) team, they are hitting their targets, which is good.”

Mr Constance said the money spent by the state on the dispersal was “absolutely” worth it.

“We all experienced the worst of it. It is still obviously fairly bad because there is 30 to 40,000 bats in our urban environment but, at least they are now not as close toresidents, which is the first aim of dispersal,” he said.

“We are going to have to be vigilant in the next few years. We know there are a core group of bats that have decided to call Batemans Bay home but we don’t want a repeat of what we saw in March and April when we had such a large magnitude of bats here.”

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