Park bats `are on the nose’

Updated November 6 2012 - 4:49pm, first published April 28 2010 - 2:31am
NOT IMPRESSED: Park users Trish Lucas and Alma Baker.

THE bats in Rosalind Park are causing a stink, and some residents are calling for the animals to be moved on.Yesterday Trish Lucas, of Flora Hill, and Alma Baker, of Bendigo, made a special trip to the park to see the bats for themselves.“I think I’d rather have possums,” Ms Baker said.“I got a shock to see so many - they’re everywhere.“It’s worrying to think of what damage they are doing to the trees.”Ms Lucas said her walking group had changed its route because of the bats.“Now we go through Kennington,” she said.“We’d much rather be in the park, but the poo is everywhere.“It stinks.” A Bendigo mother who did not want to be named said initially her children were fascinated by the bats, but now they wouldn’t go in the park. “It’s disgusting,” she said.“We won’t be going back into the park until the bats leave, and we’re Rosalind Park regulars.”But for New Zealanders Kenneth and Kathryn Brown, the bats were a novelty.“We knew they were here and decided to come and have lunch here,” Mr Brown said.“We’re not put off by them. “They’re not an issue for us.”The City of Greater Bendigo is monitoring the bats and the damage being done to the heritage trees, but at present the damage is not significant.The bats arrived last month and the DSE predicted they would move on within four to six weeks.