Letter to the Editor - Tuesday, May 20: Batty history

With the push for action on the Maclean bats now underway, I feel I must refute Dr Clancy's assertion that Maclean is a historical bat camp. He is just guessing.

In the early 1920s the bush was a playground for my husband and his siblings.

They visited the rainforest when the passionfruit were ripe and no bats were ever seen.

When I came here as a young teacher in 1944 the bush was untouched as the high and primary schools cohabited in Woodford St.

When the new school was built in 1961 a section of bush was removed to make playing fields. There were no bats to disturb and the school rejoiced in the fact that it had its own pristine rainforest. My children attended that school in the '60s and '70s and were allowed to enter the rainforest for special classes.

During a visit home, my son was appalled at the destruction of the rainforest which they had been taught was precious and should be protected.

Nobody at that time envisaged the huge invasion of bats with their destructive habits and the health worries that came with them.

Thousands of bats splattering the school and nearby residences with feces night after night is a serious health issue apart from anything else and should not be tolerated.

I have lived in Maclean for 70 years and have watched the sorry saga unfold. So please, no more guessing.

Una Mackay
Maclean



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