Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Grant to Manage Maclean Flying Foxes

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Grant to Manage Maclean Flying Foxes

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CLARENCE Valley Council has received a $34,000 NSW Government grant under its Flying Fox Grant Program to help manage flying foxes in Maclean, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis last week.

The NSW Government announced in June that $1million in grant funds would be available for councils to prepare and implement flying fox camp plans of management where flying foxes caused significant community impacts.

Mr Gulaptis said the grant would allow the council to create buffers between the flying fox camp, residences and the school.

"Trimming and clearing vegetation at the camp boundary will increase the distance between the flying fox colony and homes, reducing the impact on residents," he said.

"The council will also undertake weed control to improve suitable flying fox habitat and progress a range of community engagement activities to make living adjacent to a flying fox camp more tolerable."

Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons said the money would be used to help implement the Maclean flying fox management strategy. …

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