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CASE STUDY - Commonwealth Park Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes
Late in 2018, the NCA engaged Ecosure to assist in the development of a draft Commonwealth Park Grey-Headed Flying-Fox Management Plan.
Since 2003 a camp of grey-headed flying-foxes has occupied an area of Commonwealth Park each year from September to April. While the number of flying-foxes fluctuates, the camp has been increasing and has exceeded 6,000 over recent seasons with a maximum number recorded in March 2019 of 8,190.
Flying-foxes are protected under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and are listed as a vulnerable species. The flying-fox camp at Commonwealth Park has the potential of reaching the criteria for a nationally important camp under the EPBC Act, so the NCA engaged environmental consultants to prepare a draft Commonwealth Park Grey-Headed Flying-Fox Management Plan. The NCA is committed to best practice management of Commonwealth Park and the protection of the grey-headed flying-fox camp.
In August 2019 the NCA will conduct community consultation for the Draft Commonwealth Park Grey-Headed Flying-Fox Management Plan.