Shoalhaven City Council has been granted $47,130 under the Local Government NSW (LG NSW) Stream 1 Flying-fox grant program to manage the Bomaderry Grey-Headed Flying Fox population and the effect they have on residential properties and owners.
Council staff in partnership with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have been monitoring the flying-fox camp located in Bomaderry for six months now.
Shoalhaven City Council announced they would receive additional funding from the State Government ($20,000) to put together a flying fox camp management plan for the Bomaderry camp and the state government has also announced a wider study looking for reasons why flying foxes seem to be camping in urban areas more frequently.
Shoalhaven City Council Director of Planning, Environment and Development Phil Costello said a small number of residents living very close to the colony have contacted Council with concerns about the Grey-headed Flying Fox camp at Bomaderry and Council is working through options to reduce the impacts of the camp on these residents.
“The funding Shoalhaven City Council has received will help manage human and/or wildlife conflict. Flying foxes are a keystone species and are vital in maintaining ecosystem diversity and health. They pollinate flowers over very long distances and distribute seeds throughout the forests of the South Coast. The Flying- foxes are facing the threat of habitat clearing, reduction in food sources and illegal killing,” Mr Costello said.
“Most of the flying foxes have already left the camp of their own accord and Council staff have no way of predicting if they will return next summer and in what numbers.”
Shoalhaven City Council encourages any residents concerned with the local flying fox population are encouraged to contact Council staff on 4429 3111 or download a Flying Fox Factsheet on Council’s website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au