Gordon Park Flying-fox Plan of Managment

As with many local government areas Nambucca Shire Council has been the ear to community representations in respect to local Flying-fox camps and the associated impacts on urban areas. Local governments have been tasked with the management of this species which is listed as threatened under both State and Federal biodiversity legislation.
 
Nambucca Shire Council has received funding support through NSW Government to prepare a Management Plan for the camp located at Gordon Park, Nambucca Heads and  Council has engaged Flying-fox experts Ecosure to prepare the draft plan. Initial phases of the project have involved direct consultation with stakeholders and a survey targeted at landholders and businesses in the local area surrounding the camp.   
 
Mayor Rhonda Hoban said, ‘the response to surveys has been overwhelming with over 100 surveys received which is reflection of the community interest in this matter. Concerns relating to noise, odour, faecal drop and the condition of the rainforest were all highlighted as the main issues’.
 
The draft Management Plan aims to alleviate the impacts associated with living or operating a business near the camp. It also proposes activities which will assist in the management of the local rainforest and the use of the local tennis facilities. 
 
Many of the submissions nominated dispersal of the Flying-foxes as a priority action however subsequent investigations through the drafting of the plan identified a number of difficulties associated with this type of action including the high costs involved and the likelihood that the camp would splinter and move to a number of other nearby locations, potentially exacerbating the issue.
 
“The preparation of the draft Management plan is not a simple exercise as the camp is located in the middle of town, within a sensitive environment which is also a popular tourist attraction. Council would like the community’s feedback on the draft plan which will be considered by Council prior to its finalisation”, said Councillor Hoban.
 
The draft plan and associated material can viewed at Councils website, the Nambucca library and Council Chambers. All Submissions to the draft plan should be directed to the
 
General Manager
Nambucca Shire Council
PO Box 177 Macksville NSW 2447
 
or via email to council@nambucca.nsw.gov.au. Submissions will be received until 4:00pm Friday 28th July 2017.
 
The following documents should be available on our website:
 
20278/2017 Council Report
22418/2017 Council Minutes
23528/2017 Advertisement
21251/2017 DRAFT Flying-fox Camp Management Plan Gordon Park, Nambucca Heads