Management plan for Gordon Park flying foxes still in pipeline

GORDON PARK: The rainforest canopy has been severely damaged by the flying fox colony.
GORDON PARK: The rainforest canopy has been severely damaged by the flying fox colony.

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An on-site meeting last Thursday with the passionate volunteers caring for the remnants of the rainforest at Gordon Park, Nambucca Heads, led to the inevitable discussion about what the future holds.

Thanks to a grant the preparation of a management plan is underway but not yet complete.

Cr John Ainsworth said he had a problem with the whole undertaking because he was “not aware of any plan that had worked so far” and wondered if there really was “anything practical” to be done.

Cr Anne Smyth she hoped some solution would be found.

“We need the plan before we are able to get any funding – we need to do something for the residents, the flying foxes and the forest,” Cr Smyth said.

Cr Janine Reed said she hoped the plan would also take into account the heritage aspects of the site, including its old well.

Cr Brian Finlayson said the plan would at least show the council had done its best to try and solve the problem.

“The legislation protecting the flying foxes is very clear and harming them carries horrific fines … the name of the game really is to accept they are there and leave them alone.”