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Giant rat terrifies Sydney family, prompting calls for ‘rat taskforce’ | Daily Telegraph

A MONSTER rodent has been found dead in an inner city family’s backyard, prompting calls for a special “rat taskforce”.

At one point, the Alexandria family were so worried about the whopping great critter, that they were scared to let their young daughter play in the backyard.

It follows months of concern about a rat problem across the city that has been a boon for pest control specialists but a headache for councils.

Independent City of Sydney councillor and businesswoman Angela Vithoulkas warned of the scale of the problem back in March, saying her fellow business owners were also calling for action.

In the months since, she says, the problem has only “calmed down” in certain parts of the CBD.

“But the rat problem is still very active in other areas,” she said.

Ms Vithoulkas said part of the blame lay with authorities who needed to do better to manage the consequences of construction and roadworks.

“It’s the price you pay for progress and development when you choose to not address other factors that come up and allow them to get this bad,” she said.

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