Shoalhaven City Council is reminding Bomaderry residents to have their say on the local Grey-headed Flying-Fox population with the online survey closing on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said Council has been working closely with local and national experts to determine a management approach for these important native animals.
“Last month Council hosted a community workshop with a range of experts including NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Environmental Assessment Officers (SCC), Environmental Health Officer (SCC), Flying-fox veterinarian and Wildlife Rescue South Coast flying-fox expert and carer,” Clr Findley said.
“An overwhelming majority of residents who attended this event were positive about what Council has done to date to reduce human/wildlife conflict and the community’s concerns were for the welfare of the flying-foxes and how we can protect their habitat in the Shoalhaven”.
“For more than 9 months Council has worked in collaboration with the NSW State Government’s OEH and Local Government NSW to elevate negative impacts or concerns residents living in close proximity to the grey-headed flying-fox camp may have experienced. The public has been provided with consistent and accurate advice in relation to disease and health risks.”
“The Shoalhaven Flying-fox Camp survey is still open on Councils website and I encourage residents who have any concerns to voice their opinions online. The feedback collected will help identify principles for future management actions for the site.”
Visit https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/flying-foxes-in-the-shoalhaven to complete the Shoalhaven Flying-fox Camp Survey (closes 13th November). Council thanks everyone who has already completed the survey.
Local residents are also encouraged to contact Council before the end of the year (4429 3546) for emergency alleviation supplies obtained from LG NSW funding (items include AC units, car covers, clothesline covers and high-pressure water nozzles).
Council reminds residents that it is now baby flying-fox season. If you find a sick or injured flying-fox, we ask that no one handles the individual and to contact South Coast Wildlife Rescue immediately on 0418 427 214. With the loss of vegetation and drought, it is imperative we help protect this vulnerable and keystone species.