Cessnock ~ Living with Flying-foxes

Filed under Council, Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  21 Oct 2019

$30,000 in flying-fox subsidies open to residents.

To help residents manage issues of nearby flying-foxes, Cessnock City Council has secured two grants totalling $30,000 to subsidise funding towards the purchase and installation of air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Little red flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus)

A $15,000 shared subsidy funding amongst residents living within a 300m radius of the East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp goes towards the purchase and installation of air conditioners.

Another shared $15,000 will subsidise the purchase of clothes dryers for residents living within 500m of the flying-fox camp.

Residents that live outside these distances may make an application, however priority will be given to those closest to the camp.

Council is urging people who live near the flying-fox camp to complete a subsidy application before they close on Thursday 7 November 2019. Eligible residents can apply for both the air conditioner and clothes dryer subsidies.

Director of Planning and Environment, Gareth Curtis is encouraging all residents who live close to the camp to take advantage of the grant funding and put in an application.

While flying-foxes do play an important role in the ecology of our region, the fluctuation in population during summer combined with the impact of noise, smell and potential health risks continue to be a concern for Council and local residents.”

Council is pleased we have taken the lead on this issue with the adoption of the East Cessnock Flying-fox Camp Management Plan. This Plan has been critical to Council’s success in securing grant funds, without it we would not be in a position to offer subsidies to affected residents.”

The East Cessnock Flying-fox Subsidies application form, along with additional information and criteria can be found on Council’s website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/2019subsidy.

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