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Club Persons of the Year were Roydon Brown, Shane Pingel, Merry and Allan Pidgeon Under 17 Girls team dragline mining Port Mariah and Jay Under 13 Yellow Team Award Winners Under 13 Red Team Award winners Greg Byrne, Downing; Ian Reed, QNP csg kaleb and Gino President of Junior Crushers Sean Daly with Special Guest Nick Cotric who was named Rookie of the Year for Canberra Raiders Under 13 Yellow Team

Work sucks, home life batty
TEMPERS fray as bats move in on Middlemount.
Wednesday 08 October 2014  

MIDDLEMOUNT locals are the latest Bowen Basin residents suffering a pungent - but protected - plague of flying foxes.

For the past eight weeks, thousands of flying foxes have taken roost in the town, driving residents to distraction.

“I would sooner go and live beside a sewer, they are putrid,” one resident told Shift Miner.

“Every day you have to wash the bat droppings off your car because it is a paint stripper, and the noise when they come in to roost at 4am is unbelievable.”

The worst-affected residents all live in housing provided by Anglo American, and some have been re-housed in another area of town.

But most are staying put for the time being because they don’t know if the move will be temporary or permanent.

“No-one feels they can talk out on this because of how it is at work at the moment, you’re worried you might get sacked,” the resident said.

“So we are just stuck waiting.”

The Isaac Regional Council has just announced it will soon carry out a ‘dispersal program’, with residents to be updated at a community meeting later this week.

Flying foxes are protected, and residents have been warned not to take matters into their own hands.

However, patience is wearing thin for those living with the daily nuisance of the noisy and smelly colony.

“Why didn’t they act on this eight weeks ago before the problem got to this point,” one resident told Shift Miner.

“Why do bats come before humans?

I’d like some of the greenies and do-gooders to come and live out here with their kids and pets for a week and see what they think.”

The Isaac Regional Council is becoming well-versed with flying fox dispersal. Last year the council ran a successful program which rid Moranbah of a 6000-strong colony of bats.


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