Trees could solve flying fox issue

MORE rainforest trees were needed in order to help find a permanent solution to conflict between flying foxes and the school community at Maclean, according to Greens candidate for Clarence Janet Cavanaugh.

Ms Cavanaugh said dispersal efforts since 1999 had been a waste of time and money, and had just shifted the problem to the wider community, including the residents near Maclean gully.

“This isn’t just my view: it is one of the key findings of the Maclean Flying-fox Management Strategy, which has been endorsed by several NSW Government departments,” she said.

She and other Greens MPs had inspected the plantings to extend the Maclean Rainforest Reserve, but were concerned the regeneration works in the reserve itself were behind schedule.

“There has been no success in securing nearby areas that could be revegetated,” she said.

She said the Greens remained concerned the Department of Education and Training was still pursuing the option of dispersal.

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