Shoalhaven City Council staff have installed a large interpretative sign at the Brinawarr Street Grey-headed Flying-fox Camp Bomaderry to help inform the community of the importance of this keystone species.
Last summer the number of Grey-headed Flying-foxes at the camp reached well into the thousands. Whilst some residents were thrilled to be living in close proximity to these very important animals, some residents had concerns about the potential risk of disease, and noise and odour from the camp. The new sign provides information that may help these residents better understand the species.
Council staff alongside local and experts from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage are also encouraging Shoalhaven residents to have a discussion regarding the local Grey-headed Flying-fox population via a community engagement and information workshop to be held at the Bomaderry Community Centre on Tuesday 16 October.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said residents are welcome to view information and give feedback online or attend an upcoming drop-in session on the issue.
“Since late 2017, staff have been in contact with the residents living within close proximity to the camp and discussing the unprecedented numbers of flying-foxes and ways to mitigate any negative impacts,” Clr Findley said.
“Council in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are implementing a flying-fox camp management plan and have just opened a survey and forum on Council’s Get Involved Page”.
“There are a lot of myths around flying-foxes and how they interact with humans and I encourage those who are interested to get involved with the information available, the online survey or to contact staff directly on 4429 3111”.
“These creatures play a crucial role in our eco-system. They pollinate flowers over very long distances and distribute seeds throughout the forests of the South Coast. The Grey-headed flying-foxes are facing the threat of habitat clearing, reduction in food sources, climate change and illegal killing”.
“ The workshop at the Bomaderry Community Centre will be from 4 pm to 6 pm, and everyone is welcome to attend on Tuesday, 16 October.
Shoalhaven City Council encourages any residents concerned with the local flying-fox population to contact Council staff on 4429 3111 or view council’s dedicated website on www.getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/flying-foxes-in-the-shoalhaven
Pictured: Kylie Coutts-McClelland (OEH), Fay Pedersen (Bomaderry resident), Janine Davies (Wildlife Rescue South Coast) Chloe Reekie (Shoalhaven City Council Environmental Officer) and Steen Pedersen (Bomaderry resident)