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.
Management of flying-foxes also requires recognition that, as native fauna, they are protected in NSW under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) and, in the case of the Grey-headed flying-fox, under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 (Cwth). The Australian Government provides guidance on whether management actions at a flying-fox camp are 'controlled actions' under the EPBC Act.
The Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015 differs from the previous 2007 policy in its focus on minimising the impacts of camps on people; its longer-term approach to camp management and streamlining of licensing; and its acknowledgement that camp dispersal may be a successful way of removing impacts on local communities.
This policy is supported by resources addressing management options including disturbance, licensing and flying-fox ecology, case studies of camp management and information on health issues. This page will be updated with resources as they are finalised.
- Revised Flying-fox Camp Management Plan Template 2016 (DOC 4.5MB)
- Section 91 Licence (DOC 80KB)
- General flying-fox information
- Why the Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as a threatened species
- Working with communities living with flying-foxes
- Cocos palm impacts on flying-foxes
- Routine camp management (Level 1) actions
- Creation of buffers (Level 2) actions
- Camp disturbance or dispersal (Level 3) actions
- Responding to heat stress in flying-fox camps
- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on management actions at flying-fox camps
- Creation of buffers (Level 2) actions - Monitoring data sheet (DOC 861KB)
- Camp disturbance or dispersal (Level 3) actions - Monitoring data sheet (DOC 1MB)
- Responding to heat stress in flying-fox camps - Monitoring data sheet (DOC 90KB)
Public consultation on the draft NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Policy (2014) took place between 3 November 2014 and 1 December 2014. The policy and supporting information were available on the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website and on the NSW Government Have Your Say website where the public were invited to respond to consultation questions in an online form or make a written submission by email or post.
The total number of submission received was 204. The submissions are provided on the 2014 public submissions page where the authors have provided their approval for them to be published.
OEH has prepared a Submissions Report (PDF 686KB) that presents a summary and analysis of the submissions received in response to the Draft Policy.
For more information about flying-fox camp management please contact the Environment Line on 131 555 or email Flying.Fox@environment.nsw.gov.au.
Page last updated: 22 August 2016