The draft Maclean Flying Fox Management Strategy has been released for public exhibition and the community is encouraged to comment on the draft Strategy.

Following a period of research, review and consultation with affected stakeholders, GeoLINK, on behalf of the Maclean Flying Fox Working Group, has completed a draft Maclean Flying-fox Management Strategy which includes actions to manage the impact of flying-foxes on the Maclean community.

The Maclean Flying Fox Working Group was established in late 2009 to co-ordinate the preparation of the strategy.

Following six months of research and reporting, the Working Group has endorsed placing the draft strategy on public exhibition.

The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water says the draft is a great step forward in delivering a whole-of-community solution to managing flying foxes in Maclean.

“The working group has delivered a strategy which aims to provide a clear vision to guide the short, medium and long-term management efforts,” it said.

“The community of Maclean and surrounding areas is invited to review the Draft Management Strategy and provide comments so we can move to finalise the document.

“GeoLINK and the Working Group will be hosting a community information session on the draft Management Strategy where the community will have an opportunity to talk to the Working Group and technical specialists who prepared the draft Strategy.”

The community meeting will be held at the Jim Thompson Pavilion at the Maclean Showground between 5pm and 7pm on 1 September 2010 and all interested parties are invited to attend.

To register your interest for the information session, call 6687 7666 or 6640 2500 or email flyingfoxstrategy@geolink.net.au.

A copy of the Strategy can be downloaded from the GeoLINK website www.geolink.net.au/Draft_Flying-fox_Management_Strategy.html.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the Strategy can be viewed at Clarence Valley Council at 50 River Street, Maclean, or DECCW offices at 49 Victoria Street, Grafton.

Submissions should be sent to:
Draft Flying Fox Management Strategy
PO Box 9
LENNOX HEAD NSW 2478

or emailed to flyingfoxstrategy@geolink.net.au

Submissions close 5pm Wednesday 15th September.