$1 million for flying fox management

The NSW Government has pledged $1 million for councils to manage problem flying-fox colonies across the state, Environment Minister Mark Speakman said today.

Little red flying-fox colony (Pteropus scapulatus)

A grants package of up to $1 million in total will be available to councils for preparing camp management plans, implementing camp management plans and emergency actions for camps where there are significant community impacts.

The grant allocation process will be administered by Local Government NSW in accordance with terms agreed with the Office of Environment & Heritage.

“There are a number of flying-fox colonies in NSW that are causing serious problems for local residents,” Mr Speakman said.

“The grant application process will open as soon as possible, in order to allow councils to undertake flying-fox mitigation work in the cooler months.”

The $1 million is in addition to a $2.5 million funding commitment to assist with managing the flying-fox colony at Batemans Bay, where more than 100,000 flying-foxes have established a camp of unprecedented size.