'Batty' Park Plan
Having enjoyed regular visits to Rosalind Park and its adjoining Fernery for more than half a century, I was outraged to read last Thursday's Bendigo Advertiser report on the Council's plan to provide a cooling system and roosting cable network for the occupying bat colony.
Whilst I'm sure that all users of the park would welcome some improvements and better access to the once beautiful fernery, any unnatural, artificial plan to make the bat population more comfortable would not be the outcome many Bendigonions are seeking.
Rosalind Park and fernery, adorned with predominately non indigenous trees and shrubs, is not a natural bat habitat.
And any suggestion that human populating of the region has robbed them of their traditional roostings is absurd - when one considers that the City of Bendigo is surrounded by a national park and large forested areas we are proud to boast about.
Perhaps our Council should consult constituents more widely before embarking on a project that will continue to see residents and visitors denied an enjoyable visit to the fernery due to the stench and mess of bat droppings.
Councils in other parts of Australia are undertaking non harmful, humane means of relocating bat colonies from town centres to other suitable sites. Why can't this option be considered before ratepayers money is spent on such a wasteful scheme?
Perhaps it is time to see where our current councillors stand on such matters!
David F Allan, Bendigo
In support of bats
Robyn Crothers ("Bat spend queried", 13/2) questions spending $30,000 on the protection of the bats in Rosalind Park.
No doubt, Robyn is happy with the money spent by the council on the livability of Bendigo for herself and other residents. The Grey-headed flying fox camp at Rosalind Park is one of only five in Victoria and is a maternity camp where breeding and birthing of young is occurring.
We owe it to all life on earth to do our best to ensure its ongoing survival.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn
Hoon driving is a nightmare
Guaranteed on our warm balmy nights in Bendigo one is to hear screaming cars that totally exceed speed limits - I imagine, or if within limits drivers are surely hanging onto their brakes whilst in full acceleration giving that tail a spinner.
Many nights during these bouts I listen with dread for that crashing full stop. Neither sound is good - the sound of screaming wheels nor the sound of impact. Is there an answer to this adrenalin rush - anger issues or boredom.
Why in this day and age do we still have this issue with screaming cars?
Irene Sochacki, Long Gully
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