Grants open to residents of East Cessnock to ease impact of flying-fox camp

Cessnock City Council is encouraging eligible East Cessnock residents to apply for funding to relieve some of the impacts associated with living in close proximity to the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp. 

Cessnock City Council is encouraging eligible East Cessnock residents to apply for funding to relieve some of the impacts associated with living in close proximity to the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp.  

Council secured the $50,000 grant from Local Government NSW after the preparation and adoption of the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan in 2017.  

Council will match this funding with $50,000 of in-kind staff support, making this a $100,000 project to reduce the impact of flying-foxes on surrounding residents.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the funding and said it’s great to be able to offer resident’s assistance.  

“This is about giving resident’s practical solutions. Subsidy funding is available to assist residents with the cost of purchasing car covers, pool covers, clotheslines covers and high pressure hoses.”  

“Council is committed to the management of flying-foxes across the region and will continue to implement the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan,” Mayor Pynsent said.  

The funding will also assist in a new education program to improve community awareness about grey-headed flying-foxes. 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.  

Subsidy funding is available to residents within the vicinity of the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp. Priority will be given to residents within a 400 metre radius of the camp.To find out more or to apply visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/ECFFCsubsidy. Applications are now open and must be submitted by 20 June 2018.