NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Policy

The public is invited to make comment on a new policy for managing flying-fox camps.

Flying-foxes play an important role in long-range pollination and seed dispersal of many plants. Loss of foraging and roosting habitat has meant that flying-foxes increasingly occur in camps in urban centres. The overriding purpose of this policy is to minimise health impacts of flying-fox camps on people. The policy will empower land managers, primarily local councils, to work with their communities to manage flying-fox camps effectively.

The policy strongly encourages land managers to prepare camp management plans for sites where the local community is affected. A Camp Management Plan explores a range of management options and encourages ongoing engagement with communities to achieve acceptable solutions.

The Draft Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2014 differs from the old 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 to remove impacts on local communities.

The public is invited to make comment on a new policy for managing flying-fox camps.

Flying-foxes play an important role in long-range pollination and seed dispersal of many plants. Loss of foraging and roosting habitat has meant that flying-foxes increasingly occur in camps in urban centres. The overriding purpose of this policy is to minimise health impacts of flying-fox camps on people. The policy will empower land managers, primarily local councils, to work with their communities to manage flying-fox camps effectively.

The policy strongly encourages land managers to prepare camp management plans for sites where the local community is affected. A Camp Management Plan explores a range of management options and encourages ongoing engagement with communities to achieve acceptable solutions.

The Draft Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2014 differs from the old 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 to remove impacts on local communities.

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