Council fixes plan for Lorn bats problem

MAITLAND City Council unanimously endorsed a plan to manage a colony of flying foxes that have plagued Lorn for more than two years at an extraordinary meeting last night.

The recommendations adopted by councillors state they will endorse the Lorn flying fox management strategy, prepared by environmental management consultant GeoLINK, after it was presented to council last month and placed on public exhibition.

The council will now develop a detailed management plan.

Several residents, including Lorn Residents Group spokesman Ron Bown, spoke at last night’s meeting about the need for action.

The residents requested a range of options be considered, including moving the flying foxes, modifying the habitat and applying for a generalised licence for dispersal.

Maitland City Council general manager David Evans said the management strategy would act as a resource document to guide the content of the plan of management.

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