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The NSW Labor government committed to end the licensed shooting of flying-foxes in NSW just before the recent elections. They committed $5 million for farmers to install exclusion netting around orchards & the legal shooting of flying-foxes to be phased-out within 3 years. The Liberal Party said if they were elected they would reduce this period to 2 years, so I guess, now that the Liberal Part are in government, this will be happening. The Humane Society International said, Only an immediate ban on the shooting of flying-foxes can avoid this unnecessary cruelty.” http://www.ecovoice.com.au/eco-news/2813-flying-foxes-get-a-last-minute-reprieve-from-the-nsw-government

I have made a 1min 45secs YouTube video of the spectacular sight of thousands of flying-foxes crossing the Cooks River at dusk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToG4T_mkUWE

 

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winter trees along the Cooks River

Conservation group Bat Advocacy with funding from Humane Society International is taking Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Trust to the Federal Court to contest Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s decision to allow the bats to be dispersed using noise. I had not realized that permission was given for the noise dispersion to occur for the next 20 years.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Trust recently announced that the relocation, expected to start in July, has been postponed until next year, because of the inability to tag enough flying foxes. Dr Tim Entwisle, the executive director of the Botanic Gardens Trust, said many of the bats were too underweight to tag. Bats are also starving all over Australia & leaving QLD & flying as far as Adelaide & Tasmania in the search for food. http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/news/story/group-to-challenge-bat-relocation-in-court/

Up to 7,000 grey-headed flying foxes, a threatened species in NSW, have moved in to Parramatta Park along the banks of Parramatta River. They have come to this location due to severe food shortages in their usual habitat.  I hope Parramatta Council don’t decide to use dispersion or chop the trees down.  http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/news/story/bats-put-residents-in-a-flap-over-fruit/

Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt & Sydney universities, Professor David Gloldney has been employed by Orange City Council to look at ways of preventing flying foxes returning to central western NSW. He says so far he has been looking at the legal implications of the recent arrival of the grey-headed flying foxes. “To look at the various acts under the National Parks and Wildlife and DECCW [the Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water] & the Federal Government’s Endangered Species Act.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/29/2967437.htm

Yet more critically endangered Cumberland Plain & endangered shale transition forest woodland is at risk of development in Kellyville. Hills Shire Council wants to clear 10 hectares of its own woodland at Withers Rd Kellyville despite massive community opposition. They have applied for a State Government BioBanking Agreement that would allow it  the Council to clear this land in return for protecting land somewhere else.  The community met a fortnight ago as part of Council’s community consultation. http://hills-shire-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/fight-to-save-woodland-at-kellyville/

Wyong Council has directed that all gardens around caravans & mobile homes be removed in all caravan parks in Budgewoi, Canton Beach, Norah Head & Toowoon Bay. Another win for the fans of concrete.  http://express-advocate-wyong.whereilive.com.au/news/story/anger-over-council-order-to-turn-beautified-caravan-sites-ugly/

Yesterday the Sydney Botanic Gardens Trusts announced they have decided to postpone the eviction of the flying foxes until next year.  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/22/2933947.htm

http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/news/story/locals-notice-bats-despite-eviction-being-cancelled/

and the latest press release from the Humane Society International, WIRES & Bat Advocacy

http://www.hsi.org.au/editor/assets/admin/Flying%20foxes%20Media%20Release%20June%2022.pdf

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