Council secures funding for East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp.

Cessnock City Council has secured $30,000 in grant funding from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

Pteropus Scapulatus aka the little red flying fox.

The funding enables Council to undertake actions identified in the Cessnock Flying- Fox Camp Management Plan to manage some issues with the East Cessnock Camp, which is mostly on Crown Land.

Council will undertake bush regeneration works to encourage the flying-foxes to roost in the centre of the camp and reduce their effect on residents closest to the camp.

Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Environment Martin Johnson said Crown Lands have agreed to the bush regeneration in the interior of the camp.

Council has taken a proactive role in trying to manage the land with the development, adoption and implementation of Council’s Camp Management Plan, which was first adopted back in 2016 and was revised earlier this year.”

Previously Council has offered assistance to residents in the form of subsidies and will continue to look for more opportunities to alleviate the impacts of camp on the local community.”

The East Cessnock Camp is home to the Grey-headed Flying-fox which is listed as vulnerable under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and the Little Red Flying-fox.

For more information and to view the Plan visit Council’s website.