Council to develop policy to manage Tenambit bats
Maitland City Council will develop a Camp Management Policy to as it looks to disperse a flying fox colony that has settled in Tenambit.
Since arriving in March 2017, the bats living in a reserve behind Natalie Close have grown in numbers to approximately 500 and residents have sought assistance from Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to help the colony move on.
This week Council resolved to develop a policy in order to manage the camp. The plan, which must be approved by the OEH, would be based on the Office’s guidelines for managing flying foxes and is expected to improve the timeframes around gaining the required approvals and licenses in order to lawfully disperse the bats.
It comes after resident Mary O’Riley appealed to Council for help last month. On Tuesday another resident, Kevin Fowler, echoed Ms O’Riley’s pleas.
“We cannot use [our backyard] anymore due to the obnoxious smell and noise,” he said.
“If I was such a disturbance to the public or to the nearby neighbours I’m sure the authorities would take issue with me.”
Council and a resident own parts of the land where the colony is roosting, however the majority of the bats are located on a parcel owned by Anglican Care who currently have a tree removal application being considered by Council.
The Camp Management Policy is expected to ready in February.