ABOVE: A new colony of little red flying foxes are back in Casino. Photo: Richmond Valley Council
A second influx of little red flying foxes has arrived in McAuliffe Park in Casino.
Little reds are highly nomadic and will move on again before too long but with a lot of habitat destroyed by recent floodwater, the flying foxes may make their way into residents’ yards.
People living in the affected area should be alert to risks, and if in need of advice contact Richmond Valley Council.
Residents and visitors are reminded that the park is closed until further notice because of health and safety issues.
Signs have been erected around the area. Fallen branches are a regular occurrence when there is an influx of flying foxes.
The council’s environmental health officers will monitor the colony.
People should not approach the bats as they could bite and scratch, and some may carry the lyssavirus.
If you come across a bat which needs help, please call WIRES on 6628 1866, or the council on 6660 0300.
Kyogle has a plan
Kyogle Council has released the Kyogle Flying fox Camp Management Draft Plan for public exhibition and comment until 4pm on Monday, April 18.
The plan has been prepared to guide future management of the Kyogle flying fox Camp located along Fawcett’s Creek from the Kyogle Recreation Reserve to the Kyogle Showground.
The plan aims to reduce conflicts between the community and the flying fox camp.
The council ran an online community engagement event in July last year and distributed a flying fox questionnaire.
The information and views collected, along with the various policies and acts, have been used to inform this plan and the management actions outlined in the draft.
To view the flying fox plan, click here
A printed copy can be viewed at Kyogle Council’s Administration Centre at 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle.
Public submissions on the draft plan can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW 2474.
The council will be holding a drop-in consultation event at the Kyogle Farmers Market on Saturday, April 2 between 8 am and noon.
Council staff and a local ecologist from GeoLINK will be on hand to answer any questions about the draft Kyogle Flying fox Camp Management Plan.