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Council After Feedback

Council After Feedback

Council After Feedback On Bats Situation At Botanic Gardens

Colac Otway Shire residents are urged to share their experiences with the grey-headed flying foxes and help provide information to assist the development of Council’s Colac Botanic Gardens Flying Fox Management Plan which will be presented to State Government for approval.

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Council is asking people from across the shire to explain their concerns or issues relating to flying foxes in the Colac Botanic Gardens and other sites to help identify where and when they have seen the flying foxes.

“Council is developing a management plan with the aim of relocating the flying foxes away from the botanic gardens with its heritage-listed trees, playground and public amenity,” Colac Otway Shire Services and Operations Manager Frank Castles said.

“A criterion for State Government approval of the Flying Fox Management Plan is for Council to demonstrate community feedback has been sought."

"While the number of flying-foxes has varied since initial occupation, numbers have reached up to 6,500 in early 2019. The botanic gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and trees of individual significance are listed in the Statement of Significance and some of these trees have become preferred roosting habitats."

Council is encouraging people to email their observations, such as locations and impacts, to Council’s Customer Information Centre to or call 52329400.

The community will also be able to complete an online questionnaire, which will also be available in hard copy, next week to assist the management plan.

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