Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that Shoalhaven City Council has received a grant from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) that will allow it to take action to manage the flying-fox colony in Bomaderry.

Mr Ward said that with this $20,000 grant, Shoalhaven City Council will now be able to undertake targeted community consultation and preparation of a flying-fox camp management plan for the camp at Brinawarr Street, Bomaderry.

“The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has been working closely with Shoalhaven City Council to support residents living adjacent to the camp to provide information and short- and long-term mitigation strategies,” he said.

“OEH is now providing $20,000 to Council to undertake community consultation with residents that may be affected by the flying-foxes, and to prepare a flying-fox camp management plan to guide future actions, as per the OEH Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015.

“This grant is one of a number of measures to assist local councils manage flying-foxes in their areas.

“A separate OEH-funded $1 million Flying-foxes Grants Program administered by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) assists councils to manage flying-fox camps in their area.

“The NSW Government recently announced a new $5 million Environmental Trust grant program with LGNSW to work with councils and land managers on long-term habitat creation to reduce the likelihood of flying-foxes roosting near and impacting on communities.

“An additional $200,000 is also being committed to an innovative project that will map potential flying-fox roost sites close to communities across NSW that occur within 300 metres of human settlements,” Mr Ward concluded.