Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan

The Grey-headed Flying-foxes are listed as a threatened species both state wide and nationally.

Therefore Council must prepare a Camp Management Plan before undertaking any management actions.

In August 2020, Council adopted a Camp Management Plan for the Tarban Creek Grey-headed Flying-fox camp and engaged Ecological Consultants Australia Pty Ltd to provide expert input into the Plan.

Extensive community consultation was also undertaken.

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You can check our opens in a new windowNotifications page for updates on actions.

Grey-headed Flying-fox pose no health risks unless you are bitten or scratched, so never directly handle them. The risk of animals’ transmitting disease to humans is extremely low. Coming into contact with faecal matter or urine will not transmit diseases and apply basic hygiene measures.

Read more on our opens in a new windowGrey-headed Flying-fox camp page.

Action Plan Updated at 15 June 2021.

Action Phase Proposed start Actual Completed Evidence
Engage a (Ecological Consultants Australia Pty Ltd) to provide expert input in the Management Plan pre planning Jan-18 Jan-18 Jan-18 Ecological Consultants Australia prepared the CMP
Community Consultation round 1, online survey pre planning Jun-18 Jun-18 Jun-18 111 online, 49 household, 49 park and 85 second online surveys
Community Consultation round 2, online survey – exhibitions pre planning Jul-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 17 public submissions received
Tarban Creek Flying Fox Camp Management Plan approved by Council pre planning Mar-20 Aug-20 Aug-20 Council adopted CMP
HHC successfully applied for a Local Government NSW grant to implement some actions pre planning Aug-19 Aug-19 Mar-20 LGNSW Grant acquitted
Arborist engaged to review trees for trim or removal extra Sep-19 Sep-19 Sep-19 Arborist inspected trees along reserve boundaries Richmond Crescent and Manning Road
We applied and were granted a licence to remove 2 Camphor laurels approved by an arborist (level 2 action) and we replaced with Banksias to limit their spread, completed DPIE. extra Sep-19 Sep-19 Sep-19 Two Camphor laurels removed and replaced with two Banksias adjacent to the Manning Road carpark
Some residents have taken up the option offered by letter to residents for odour/ screening and masking plants, that have been ordered and will be delivered shortly level 1 Oct-20 Apr-21 Apr-21 Plants have been ordered and delivered 22 April 2021. It was difficult to source appropriate plants hence the delay.
Community education and awareness is ongoing. Council has updated Councils Grey-headed Flying-fox webpage. A workshop was proposed at the Priory and a date to be determined level 1 Aug-20 Aug-20 Ongoing Councils Flying-fox webpage which includes information on living with flying-foxes and links to the NSW Health webpage on flying-foxes and diseases.
Routine camp management e.g. trimming overhanging branches from pathways will be done in winter when the Flying-foxes are be absent or numbers are very low level 1 Jul-21 Ongoing Council will reassess opportunity to trim or remove vegetation shortly.
Bush regeneration contractors are removing weedy understorey along the slopes as part of their annual contract.  The strategy is to leave a strip of weedy understorey along the creek line to move Flying-foxes away from the boundaries and into the creek line level 1 Aug-19 Sep-19 Ongoing Weedy understorey has been limited to the creekline to encourage Flying-foxes away from reserve boundaries
Council to provide factual information on living near FF camps. level 1 Jun-18 Jun-18 Ongoing Councils Flying-fox webpage and brochures distributed during community consultation surveys.
Specifically on disease, as it was a top community concern level 1 Jun-18 Jun-18 Ongoing Links to NSW Health webpage on Flying-foxes and disease on Councils website and information sheet distrubuted during community consultation surveys
Council host Walks and Talks at least annually covering all aspects of ecology of the park including the FF. level 1 Dec-17 Dec-17 Ongoing Bat talk held December 2017 and further workshop planned.
Continue with routine maintenance. level 1 Ongoing Council staff continue with routine reserve maintenance.
Identify priority areas for planted vegetation – away from dwellings but within camp vicinity level 1 Mar-20 Mar-20 Buffer plantings of low vegetation installed along Richmond Crescent and rainforest plants along the creekline with grant funds.
Implement immediately, seek advice from ecologists for planting opportunities, species, costs, maintenance. level 1 Mar-20 Mar-20 Advice sought. There is limited opportunity for further planted vegetation at the location, except for planting native grasses and low groundcovers to the reserve pathway as per Riverglade Reserve PoM. 140 Rainforest species planted along the creekline.
Develop action plan – Alternative habitat design, location, implementation strategy. level 1 Mar-20 Mar-20 Artficial roosts such as old telegraph poles in the reserve have been proposed by the consultant. A REF and grant funding would be required.
Build on existing guidelines as required. level 1 Ongoing Council staff continue to be guided by Flying-fox Camp Management Code of Practice 2018 and NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015.
Research should be implemented in conjunction with other management actions such as; alternative habitat creation and provision of artificial roosting habitat. level 1 Mar-21 Ongoing Council open to contributing in-kind to Flying-fox research. Installation of automatic irrigation system will be monitored for impact on Flying-fox camp and native vegetation.
Council can provide in-kind contribution to research. External funding from public and/or private organisations would be required for council to facilitate this option internally. level 1 Mar-21 Ongoing Council open to contributing in-kind to Flying-fox research, external funding currently available via Expression of Interest with Local Government NSW.
Consider any proposed re-zoning within 100m of the camp. level 1 N/A There is no opportunity for rezoning. Church land is E2 zoning along the foreshore.
Recommendations for appropriate mitigation provisions in DAs. level 1 Mar-21 Apr-21 Require discussion with development section of Council to include provisions in updated DCP.
Level 2
Investigate and develop options paper for managing and reducing roost trees adjoining residence – ensure no net loss of habitat. level 2 May-21 May-21 Vegetation trimming and removal is likely to be approved in winter months when FFs are absent or in low numbers.
Seek approval from DPIE for level two actions level 2 Apr-21 Apr-21 18/05/2021 Report to DPIE for level 1 actions has been submitted. Threatened Species Licence received with conditions for implementing use of sprinklers along Richmond Crescent i.e. level 2 action.
Investigate and develop action plan – identify buffers to be used and priority residence identified. level 2 Mar-21 Mar-21 Action plan developed for use of automatic sprinklers along Richmond Crescent. Council has sought advice from DPIE and engaged successful irrigation contractor. Installation commenced 26 May and completed 11 June 2021.
Actions may form part of external funding – i.e. buffer
trials and/or research
level 2 Jul-21 May-21 Regular meetings held with DPIE staff and seeking advice from other Councils with Flying-fox camps. DPIE funding received to install automatic sprinkler system along Richmond Crescent.
Level 3
Investigate and develop action plan for when trigger point is reached. level 3 Mar-21 Mar-21 Investigation and action planning is ongoing.
Implement level one and two actions prior level 3 Sep-19 Sep-19 Level 1 actions have been considered and most implemented to date. Other level 2 actions e.g. vegetation trimming and/or removal are currently being considered.
Not recommended and it would require State and
Federal government approval.
level 3 2022 + Advice sought from DPIE on likely approvals and licencing for management action options. Currently Council must consider and implement where feasible, all level 2 actions before applying for a threatened species licence for level 3 actions e.g. noise
Often ineffective. level 3 2022 + 70% of cases active dispersal doesn’t work or Flying-foxes move within 1 km of the original site
Option if other camps form in the Council area. level 3 2022 + No new camps formed to date
Securing funding and identify potential areas for where
FF camps may naturally establish.
level 3 Jul-20 Jul-20 Potential habitat mapping has been completed and Council has received some external funds from DPIE and LGNSW.
HHC General Manager advocates in writing to DPIE to move to Phase 3 extra Mar-21 May-21 May-21 Mayor has written to the Minister requesting assistance to move the level 3 actions.
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