It's time to protect the people

I'M SURE everyone can sympathise with the plight of Silkstone pensioner Dodie Allen.

When it comes to protected native wildlife we're limited in what we can do.

Whether it is possums thumping around and making a mess in the ceiling, magpies swooping or deadly brown snakes appearing too close for comfort, it can feel as though the authorities have taken away homeowners' rights to do anything to protect their house and family.

I used to live at Woodend when the flying fox colony moved closer and closer to homes and had to put up with the screeching of bats fighting for a place to roost as they returned at 4am, the smell and the fears of lyssavirus.

Despite the council's concerns, the State Government would not hear of any attempt to move the colony on.

Ironically, before the bats moved closer towards my neighbourhood, I used to wake up to the sound of a lone rooster crowing three doors down from me, which was quite pleasant.

That rooster was silenced by the council as laws were introduced to act on noise complaints.

Ipswich councillor David Pahlke has called on the State Government to protect people as well as animals. He says 15 years ago the State Government used to have a budget to deal with relocating dangerous magpies. It may be time for the State Government to start listening.



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