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More cash for bat camp planPHOTOS, VIDEO

COLONY: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, and Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent inspect the damage the bats have done to trees in East Cessnock. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARSThe flying foxes have all but left East Cessnock –for now.
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But residents may have to suffer through another summer with these unwanted neighbours while a plan is put together to manage the bat camp.

Cessnock CityCouncil has received a total of $25,000 for the plan, which is expected to be complete by April.

Bats have taken up residence on a parcel of Crown land in East Cessnock each summer for the past five years or so.

Last summer the colony tripled in size to approximately 30,000 –causing grief for nearby residents with noise, smell and mess.

The bats spread across Old Maitland Road into a council reserve at the end of Anzac Avenue, and into bushland on the opposite side of Maitland Road towards Neath–and some hung around into the winter months.

The site was lit on fire four times in the space of two weeks in May.

Hundreds of trees in the area have been almost stripped bare and while the bats appear to have gone west for the winter, they could be back within a number of weeks.

Flying foxes at East Cessnock in February 2016Council received a $15,000 NSW Government grant on Wednesday to help prepare a management plan for the flying fox camp –on top of the$10,000it received from theOffice of Environment and Heritage in May.

If the council adopts a camp management plan, it will be eligible to apply for further funding to implement measures as part of the plan under the Flying Fox Grants Program.

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

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonaldinspected the East Cessnock camp in June this year andmade representations to environment ministerMark Speakman after his visit.

Mr MacDonaldsaid thecouncil can consider a range of options in its plan to manage flying foxes (which are a protectedspecies in Australia).

These options includevegetation trimming orremoval to create buffer zones or,as a last resort, the councilcouldapply to disperse the camp.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent welcomed the support of the State Government on an issue thatcontinues to concern the community, particularly those residents living directly adjacent to the camp.

“This additional funding is crucial to the establishment of a plan that will guide actions to mitigate impacts of flying-foxes on the community,”Cr Pynsent said.

The planwill help build on council’s community surveyFlyingfox Engage, which is open for comment until October 17.

Cr Pynsent said all responses from the survey willbe considered as a key part of the management plan.

The survey can be taken atflyingfoxengage南京夜网/eastcessnock.

More cash for bat camp plan | PHOTOS, VIDEO Picture: Rachelle Corcoran

Bats at Carrington. Picture: Susan Mitchell

Picture: ShayLeigh Riddle

Bats on the barricades at Burdekin Park.

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Behind Cessnock East Public School. Picture: Emmie Price

Picture: Kimberly Johnson

Dead bats near East Cessnock School. Picture: Michelle Bond

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Picture: Kylie Radford

Picture: Kylie Radford

What the trees look like now. Picture: Kylie Radford

Where there once were branches there are now just bats. Picture: Kylie Radford

Taken Cessnock Bat Camp. Picture: April Hatchamana

Taken Cessnock Bat Camp. Picture: April Hatchamana

Taken Cessnock Bat Camp. Picture: April Hatchamana

Taken Cessnock Bat Camp. Picture: April Hatchamana

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Fried bat in Blackwood Avenue. Picture: Nathan Wright

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

Bats and damage in Burdekin Park, Singleton. Pictures: Shannon Dann

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