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East Cessnock Flying-Fox Grant Program

Cessnock City Council is committed to the management of flying-foxes across the region and is pleased to announce they’ve secured a $50,000 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 at the East Cessnock Camp on surrounding residents.

The aim of the grant implantation project is to reduce the impact of the flying-fox camp on surrounding residents and assets, including East Cessnock Primary School. The objectives of the project as outlined in Council’s grant application are:

  • Provide residents with support and practical solutions to better protect assets from the flying-fox camp.
  • Improve the health of vegetation within the flying-fox camp.
  • Improve community awareness and education of flying-foxes.

To achieve these objects Council will:

  • Provide subsidies for the purchase of pool, car and clothesline covers and high pressure hoses to residents who live within a 500m radius of the camp. Priority will be given to residents within 400m of the camp.
  • Carry out site maintenance including weeds removal, trimming and clearing of non-native under-story and general landscape maintenance.
  • Extend the buffer zone between the site and the adjoining residential properties.
  • Install informational signage about the grey-headed flying fox.
  • Implement an education campaign to improve community awareness of the importance of the grey-headed flying fox. 

Council would like to thank residents for their cooperation and patience; we recognise the impact the camp has on surrounding residents.