Maclean High P&C; president Lorraine White.
Maclean High P&C; president Lorraine White.

Parents annoyed at bat problem

FED up parents have voted unanimously to withdraw their representation to the Maclean flying fox working group, citing slow response to an immediate problem and a feeling the group was more interested in flying foxes than the health and safety of students and staff.

In a press release issued yesterday, the Maclean High School P&C said the working group’s draft terms of reference made little or no reference to the possible health and safety impacts on school community.

“Recent meetings offered few solutions to removing the bats roosting in trees on the school site,” it said.

“Instead it focused on school property that was to be given up in exchange for trimming a small number of trees.

“The P&C has little faith in the timetable to establish a management plan that would see little done before the middle of the year.”

Parents said that since the end of last year, flying foxes moved into an area adjacent to the school’s science block and were now creating a problem for students using these areas of the school.

They also expressed concern for students who would be sitting their NAPLAN tests in May and School Certificate later in the year in the gymnasium, which is now affected by noise and smell.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water said the department had issued draft terms of reference to potential working group members to ensure their issues were represented.



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