Moves to speed up flying fox removal

TWO Maitland City councillors have called for an extraordinary meeting to speed up the plan to manage a colony of flying foxes that have plagued Lorn for more than two years.

Councillors Lisa Tierney and Philip Penfold have delivered a letter to Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore requiring that a meeting be called to adopt the "Lorn flying fox plan of management".

The meeting is expected to be held on May 15, at least a week earlier than previously planned.

Cr Tierney said the plan identified several habitats in Maitland where the colony could reside without negatively impacting residents.

"State and federal government law protects this species, however no action can be taken until the council first adopts and releases the plan of management," she said.

"The study is complete, the plan of management has been exhibited and the public submissions are in so let's get this adopted so we can start taking action.

"There hasn't been enough emphasis in the report about the negative health impacts on residents."

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