The next three months is your opportunity to have input to the development of a Flying-fox Camp Management Plan for Bellingen Island, also known as ‘Bat Island’. Bellingen Shire Council received funding through the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and Local Government NSW Flying-fox Grants Program to develop the Plan.
Flying-foxes are protected under State legislation and some species are listed as threatened. Flying-foxes play a crucial role in pollinating native forests and spreading seeds to ensure longevity of native bushland. Like all urban wildlife, they bring benefits and challenges to the way we live.
Council is in the process of developing a Camp Management Plan consistent with the NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015. The goal is to find the balance between protecting Flying-foxes and supporting our community to live with urban wildlife. Council welcomes your knowledge, experiences and opinions in relation to the Bellingen Island Flying-fox camp. Community involvement in this project has been offered in the following 3 stages:
Stage 1: 31 May to 19 June, has now closed - Letters were sent to 90 land owners near the Bellingen Island Flying-fox Camp and local groups with an active interest in Bellingen Island seeking their input to the development of the draft Plan.
Stage 2: 20 June to 2 August, is now open.If you would like to be involved and have input to the development of the Plan, please register on Council’s ‘Create’ website at http://create.bellingen.nsw.gov.au, where you will be able to:
Complete an online survey;
Brain storm ideas and/or vote for ideas you support; and/or
Ask questions, which will then be answered by Council.
Stage 3: Public exhibition period of 42 days with the dates being confirmed following Council’s consideration. This final stage is our community’s opportunity to read the draft Plan and make submissions for consideration before the Plan is finalized. It will be promoted on Council’s ‘Create’ website, advertised in local papers and at other local information points e.g. Council libraries, the Providore supermarket at North Bellingen.
Ecosure is currently compiling the draft Camp Management Plan based on the NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Plan template 2016 and survey data received during Stage 1. The draft Plan will be submitted to Council in July for consideration and recommendation for public exhibition.
If you would prefer a hard copy of the survey or would like to make an enquiry without using the ‘Create’ website, please contact Council’s Administration office on 6655 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.