Council develops bat management policy
Maitland City Council will ask the Office of Environment and Heritage to give the tick of approval to a flying fox management policy, developed after a colony made its home in Tenambit.
The policy, which covers the entire city, provides guidance for private landowners and neighbours who face noise, smell and health issues when colonies take up residence near homes.
Based on existing state and federal policy, the document also outlines mitigation measures and the rules surrounding their implementation.
The Tenambit bats are the third large colony to move into a residential area in the last 10 years, with counts estimating that between 500 and 2500 endangered Grey-headed Flying Foxes are living in a reserve off Natalie Close at any one time.
Council owns a small part of the land, however most of the bats are on land that has a private owner.
If approved by the Office of Environment and Heritage the policy will be placed on public exhibition before its final adoption.