Choat to beat the bats and create water festival
SEAN Choat is set to swoop back into political life after confirming he will run in the Somerset local government elections.
He also intends to swoop on the bats that are plaguing the region by encouraging bureaucrats to move with more urgency to address the issue.
The former Ipswich West MP has big plans on the tourism front and intends to progress his long held dream to have a water festival extraordinaire at Wivenhoe, Somerset and Atkinson dams.
Mr Choat said there were too many "bleeding hearts" on the bat problem. He acknowledged the current council's bat management plan and recognised the relevant legislation had to be observed in dealing with the issue, but insisted more could be done.
"The issue that I have is why it takes so long," Mr Choat said.
"I challenge the state minister or whoever to come along to the homes of people who have E.Coli in their tank water and to brush their teeth with it, cook with it or shower in it. They won't.
"I am an animal lover as everyone knows but we have to acknowledge that the threat of serious illness to one person is not worth leaving these bats where they are.
"They are in plague proportions...and we have to address it.
"These populations need to be moved on and in the northern part of the Somerset around Linville there is plenty of natural environment for these animals to go and find roosts in that are safe and away from people.
"There doesn't have to be so much debate on it. Just do something."
Mr Choat refers to the Somerset as "the lakes district" and intends to get moving on bringing to reality a Somerset Water Festival.
"We want all communities to have a go at it whether you are up in the north or south.
"Let's attract people from across the state to come to the Somerset to enjoy themselves and spend their money.
"I reckon we could have demonstrations of those supersonic racing jets they have in the US in a way you don't cause environmental issues.
"Those man-made dams are the best place to do that."
Mr Choat is a roads man.
He wants more done to boost the network in the Somerset and he intends to put pressure on the state and federal tiers of government to deliver.
"It is difficult for local government to fund roads, so we need the people with the big wallets to fix those most in need," he said.
Mr Choat said the encouragement of the public, and his own love of civic involvement, compelled him to run for council.
"My wife Nicky said to me 'you can't keep away from the community stuff so you may as well continue on your merry way. It is in your blood'."