Council consults residents over flying fox camp management plan

Media release - 28 April 2017

Residents are being asked to work with Kempsey Shire Council by providing their feedback on experiences and impacts of flying foxes in the East Kempsey area.

Council has released an online survey to help with the development of a plan of management for the flying fox camp at Rudder Park, next to the Macleay River.

The plan will be developed by Council in conjunction with specialist ecological consultant group Ecosure.

Council has received $15,000 under the Local Government NSW Flying-Foxes Grants Program to help manage flying foxes in Kempsey.

"Council acknowledges that flying foxes can be a problem for some residents, particularly in the East Kempsey area, so we are keen to work with the affected property owners to find a solution,” Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer, Bill Larkin said.

“We have been in close discussions with Ecosure consultants who have been out to the camp and assessed the area to provide us with their recommendations.”

Mr Larkin encourages residents of the East Kempsey area and surrounds to take the opportunity to fill out the short but important survey.

“The survey has been designed so we can accurately capture local residents concerns and needs while protecting this unique and critical species.”

Council will be engaging with nearby residents to notify them about the survey and the development of the management plan.

The survey is open now until Friday 12 May and can be found by going to http://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/flying_fox