Have your say on Draft Kooloonbung Creek Camp Management Plan
Strategies to reduce the impact of flying foxes on local residents at Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve have been identified in a Draft Kooloonbung Creek Camp Management Plan, and now’s the time to have your say.
The draft plan provides Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with a framework for managing community impacts associated with flying foxes roosting along Kooloonbung Creek, whilst ensuring flying foxes and their ecological services are conserved.
Director Melissa Watkins said that the community’s feedback has been critical in the development of the draft plan.
“From community meetings including environmental and wildlife experts, one-on-one interviews with residents at their homes and consultation with our broader community, lots of input has been provided, and we now have a draft plan ready for review,” said Ms Watkins.
“What’s important for our community to understand is that flying foxes are a protected species, which means management actions are complex, and must also consider a range of other important biodiversity factors when being implemented.”
Management options identified in the plan are categorised into three levels, and are commonly used throughout Australia. Some of these actions include community education and awareness programs and vegetation and land management strategies.
All flying foxes are protected including the grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) which is a vulnerable species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection, Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the New South Wales Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
Management of flying foxes or their habitat must be in line with the Australian Government’s Referral guideline for management actions in grey-headed and spectacled flying-fox camps and the Draft Recovery Plan for the Grey-headed Flying-fox Pteropus poliocephalus.
“Council encourage everyone in our community, particularly people who live nearby or visit Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve regularly, to review the Draft Kooloonbung Camp Management Plan and have your say,” added Ms Watkins.
Opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Kooloonbung Creek Camp Management Plan is available until Monday 11 February 2019. To have your say visit haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/flying-foxes