Lorn bat man naming honour

THE epicentre of Lorn's bat infestation could be named after one of the residents who spearheaded the fight to move the colony on.

Maitland councillors will tonight consider naming a small unnamed reserve after Ron Bown, a nearby resident.

Mr Bown, who has lived near the park off The Avenue for 35 years, was a leader in the Lorn Residents Action Group that fought to have a colony of flying foxes moved on. Trimming the trees earlier this year brought the saga to a close.

Lorn Residents Action Group member Caroline Cooper said the group nominated Mr Bown for the honour.

"Without him we probably would still be battling for our cause," Ms Cooper said.

A report to councillors recommended the area become the Ron Bown Reserve.

"It is fitting that the reserve be named in his honour," the report said.

Councillors will consider the matter tonight.

Mr Bown was unable to talk to the Newcastle Herald yesterday due to illness.

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