Flying-fox management in the spotlight

The draft East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp Management Plan is now on public exhibition and Cessnock City Council is calling on the community to have their say.

The draft East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp Management Plan is now on public exhibition and Cessnock City Council is calling on the community to have their say.

While Flying-foxes do play an important role in the ecology of our region, the growth in their population and impact of noise, smell and potential health risks continues to be a concern for residents.  

With these concerns in mind, Cessnock City Council worked in partnership with NSW DPI Lands, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH), NSW Department of Education, Cessnock East Public School, local community groups and residents to create the management plan.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, would like to thank those who have contributed to the plan so far and encourages people to check it out and make a submission.  

“The situation in the East Cessnock flying-fox camp needs to be managed carefully and it is pleasing to see a collaborative approach is being taken.”  

“Council initiated and led the development of this plan with input from a number of key stakeholders and had 227 responses from the community, which is fantastic,” said Cr Pynsent.   The draft East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp Management Plan will be on exhibition from 28 June to 31 July 2017.  

If you would like to check it out and have your say, the plan can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries or you can download it by via Council’s website www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au.  

 6/29/2017