The federal Member for Capricornia says a large bat colony at the Eungella State School in north Queensland poses a serious health risk to students and staff.
Michelle Landry said children had stopped using part of the oval where the bats were roosting and the noise and smell were disruptive.
She said parents were worried about the potential health impacts and the school was planning to put filtration systems on water spouts as a precaution.
“They were telling me that because of the problem … they’ve had to put four different filtration systems on the drinking water to make sure they’re not contaminated by the bats,” she said.
“If one of these bats is injured or lying on the school oval … the kids might pick them up and either get bitten or scratched and bats can pass on deadly diseases to people.
“So I have great concerns about it and I have written a letter to the Queensland Minister for the Environment.”
In a statement, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said no complaint had been made by the community and there had been no application by the Mackay Regional Council for a management permit.
It said it had been aware of the roost for more than 10 years and it had been known to spread from the national park to the school from time to time.