Flying Fox Petition Tabled In Parliament

Flying Fox Petition Tabled In Parliament

The impact of flying fox colonies in urban areas is set to be debated in the NSW Parliament following the tabling of a petition with more than 10,000 signatures.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams launched a local petition in May this year after a growing number of people complained about the smell, noise and potential health related issues relating to the flying fox colony in the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie.

“The petition’s release coincided with similar petitions from a number of other areas around NSW with the same community concerns,” Mrs Williams said.

“I believe we need a sensible and mature discussion about how best to manage the co-habitation of flying foxes and humans and I don’t think what we currently have is working.

“At the moment nothing is happening to move forward on this issue and if that means discussing ways to potentially relocate the flying foxes or to leave them where they are then it should be done.

“If it is determined that relocation is the best option then it must be done with a workable and practical management plan,” Mrs Williams said.

“Conversely if leaving the colonies alone is decided, then implementing Council’s adopted management plan must be done immediately and be adequately funded with State Government financial assistance if requested.

“Clearly 10,000 people were concerned enough to sign a petition calling for action on this environmental issue and I look forward to the debate in Parliament.

“I thank the more than one thousand local people who signed the petition as well as the many community members who made the effort to collect signature,” Mrs Williams said.

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