• Draft Climate Change Policy to go on public exhibition
    In an effort to address the changing climate affecting the Cessnock Local Government Area, Council has developed a draft Climate Change Policy. The community are encouraged to provide feedback on the Policy during the public exhibition period. The draft Climate Change Policy will be on public exhibition from the 26 February until the 25 March 2020. 
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East Cessnock Flying Fox Camp

Camp Management Plan

At the Ordinary Meeting of 20 September 2017 Cessnock City Council resolved to adopt the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan. 

The Camp Management Plan has been developed in partnership with the community, state and local government as a tool for the management of the Camp. 

What to do if you find a sick or injured animal? 

Do not attempt to capture or touch a flying -fox, even if it is dead, sick or injured. 

Contact Hunter Wildlife Rescue (Native Animal Trust Fund) on their 24 hour emergency hotline 0418 628 483 and a trained and vaccinated professional will come an attend to the animal.  

If you are bitten or scatched seek medical attention immediately.  

Hunter Wildlife Rescue:

Phone: 0468 924 986 or 0412 945 659


Flying-foxes in Australia

Flying-foxes are nomadic mammals that fly across eastern and northern Australia. There are three types of megabats (or Flying-foxes) native to NSW, these are the Grey-headed flying-fox, Black flying-fox and Little red flying-fox. The flying-foxes that roost at the East Cessnock camp are Grey-headed Flying Foxes. 

Grey Headed Flying-fox

The Grey-Headed Flying-Fox is easily recognisable by its rusty reddish-coloured collar, grey head and hairy legs. It is also the most vulnerable species because it competes with humans for prime coastal habitat along the south-east Queensland, NSW and Victorian coasts. Read more about it in its profile - Grey-headed Flying-fox - Profile

Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015

The Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015 empowers land managers, primarily local councils, to work with their communities to manage flying-fox camps effectively. It provides the framework within which the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) will make regulatory decisions. In particular, the policy strongly encourages local councils and other land managers to prepare camp management plans for sites where the local community is affected.





More information can be found at Flying-Fox Camp Management Policy 2015

Tips for coping with living near Flying-Foxes

The current best advice from the Office of Environment and Heritage is not to disturb the animals.

  • Flying foxes pose no public health risk unless you are bitten or scratched
  • The risk of them transmitting disease to humans is very low
  • Do not disturb colonies and do not handle the animals.
  • Flying foxes are quieter if left alone
  • If you find an injured animal report it to the local wildlife carer.

More information on specific topics can be accessed via the links below: 


© State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage [2016]