Cave St goes batty
By ADRIAN MILLER
ILUKA'S Cave Street residents have had enough.
For more than a year ratepayers say they have had to endure the constant noise and stench from the flying-fox colony at the end of their street.
But now they plan to solve the problem once and for all.
The issue will be debated and a solution found at a community meeting on February 27.
Organised by the Ratepayers Association of Iluka (RAI), the meeting will be attended by Iluka residents and Clarence MP Steve Cansdell.
Invitations to attend have also been extended to representatives from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Fisheries NSW and Forests NSW.
The RAI president, Geoff Prentice, said the meeting would hopefully resolve the issue.
"It's about trying to get someone to support us in getting rid of the bats," he said.
"We've been to every government department trying to get some help, but they just keep passing the buck.
"No one wants to take responsibility ? they keep making promises, but nothing ever gets done."
But Australasian Bat Society member, Carole West, said the colony could provide a boost to Iluka's tourism.
She said that rather than trying to rid Iluka of the bats, the NPWS could follow the lead of its Queensland counterpart and turn the colony into an attraction similar to Woodend, near Ipswich.
"They got tired of trying to get rid of their little reds so they actually resumed some properties that were bordering the gully they were in and they've set it up as a tourist house," she said.
"National Parks give conferences in it and it's become a community centre that is used as an added tourist attraction."
Next week's meeting will be held at the Spencer Street boat ramp from 10am.