$50,000 grant to reduce flying-fox impact
City Council is committed to the management of flying-foxes across the region and
is pleased to announce they’ve secured a $50,000 ‘Stream 3 Flying-Fox Grant’
from Local Government NSW.
Council will match this funding with $50,000 of in-kind staff support, effectively making this a $100,000 project to reduce the impact of flying-foxes on surrounding residents. Council only received the grant because they had prepared and adopted the East Cessnock Flying Fox Camp Management Plan in 2017.
This welcome funding boost will provide residents with support and practical solutions to better protect their assets from the flying-fox camp. It will also allow for the rollout of an education program to improve community awareness about grey-headed flying-foxes.
This grant will not only provide sought after relief for local residents, it will also mean Council will have the funds to improve the health and vegetation within the flying-fox camp.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he is delighted with this funding announcement as it will allow Council to implement measures that will reduce the impact of the camp on local residents.
“I am so pleased that Cessnock City Council took the lead on developing and adopting the East Cessnock Flying Fox Camp Management Plan which was critical in being awarded grant funds, otherwise we would not be in a position to do anything at all to help affected residents.”
“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 Council and local residents.”
“I encourage those affected by the flying-fox camp, particularly residents living in East Cessnock, to engage with Council staff when this program rolls out as it can only be a positive step in the right direction,” added Cr Pynsent.
The implementation of this project will be completed by 30 June 2018 and Council will make sure the community is kept up to date with the latest information as the project rolls out.
In the meantime, you can find out more about the East Cessnock flying-fox camp by visiting www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/environment/biodiversity/eastcessnockflyingfoxcamp.