Bats fly from trees near Maclean High after they were disturbed during the walkout at the Maclean High School yesterday.
Bats fly from trees near Maclean High after they were disturbed during the walkout at the Maclean High School yesterday.

Move Maclean High? How batty!

FEDERAL Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has ridiculed a suggestion by Page MP Janelle Saffin that bat-plagued Maclean High School could be relocated.

Ms Saffin was reported by ABC radio as being committed to discussing permanent options to the flying fox problem, ‘including moving the school’.

Her neighbouring MP said Ms Saffin had ‘lost touch with her community’.

“Of all the so-called solutions which have been proposed about the Maclean bats, this suggestion by Janelle Saffin is clearly the most ridiculous,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“This is pie in the sky stuff. It ignores the impact these bats are having on students, teachers and residents today.

“We are talking about the here and now and Janelle Saffin is looking into a crystal ball and coming up with a half-baked, whacky proposal that will never be delivered.”

The attack on Ms Saffin was joined by State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.

“That is not only the daftest idea to date, it is also the most expensive, least practicable and slowest,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Urgent action is needed from both the state and federal governments to solve this, but Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett is unlikely to move without the support of his local Labor Party backbencher.”

‘This is pie in the sky stuff.’



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