Draft Grey Headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

Warragamba Panorama

Draft Grey Headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

Posted on: 19.03.2018

Since February 2014, a camp of Grey Headed Flying Foxes is seasonally occupying the area of Stonequarry Creek between the railway viaduct at the end of Webster Street and the Prince Street Bridge in Picton.  The camp varies in size seasonally and there was a large influx last week and now the camp has doubled in area and population. The camp currently covers in excess of 50 residential properties as well as State and Council lands along the creek. 

The camp enlarged substantially in early 2014 and there have been a number of concerns and issues raised by local residents close to the camp. To better understand the issues, Council undertook some consultation with the community. The main concerns included issues relating to odour, noise, droppings and health concerns.

Over the past couple of months, the size and extent of the camp has increased significantly as have the impacts on nearby residents.

Flying Foxes, like all animals, carry pathogens that may pose human health risks.  Specific health risks associated with these species, including the Hendra virus, are manageable and have a low risk for humans if there is no physical contact with an infected animal. 

Council has prepared the Draft Grey Headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan. The Plan details information about the camp dynamics and actions that have been considered by Council, in consultation with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.   Residents can view the draft Plan on Council’s website at www.engage.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.   Alternatively, a hard copy of the Plan can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Outcomes Team on 4677 1100.

You can provide feedback on the Draft Grey Headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan in the following ways:

  • Email:        council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au
  • Mail:          PO Box 21, Picton, NSW, 2571
  • In Person:  Delivered to Council's offices at 62-64 Menangle Street, Picton

If you would like further information about the Draft Grey Headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan, please contact Council's Environmental Outcomes Team on 4677 1100 or council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au