Submission for Parliamentary Inquiry into Flying-foxes

On behalf of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand – SEQ Division, Green Tape Solutions prepared a submission to respond to Parliamentary Inquiry into Flying-foxes. 

 

As part of the submission, we outlined the importance to strengthen conservation outcomes for flying-foxes and ensure that the current regulation framework aligns with modern and best practice for managing FF across Australia, while reducing conflicts with humans.

 

Green Tape Solutions welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy inquiry into the impact of nationally protected flying-foxes on communities in the eastern states of Australia with regards to the following terms of reference:

  • the circumstances and processes by which flying-foxes are listed as threatened species at both the state and Commonwealth levels;
  • the interaction between the state and Commonwealth regulatory frameworks;
  • strategic approaches to managing species at a regional scale;
  • opportunities to streamline the regulation of flying-fox management;
  • the success or otherwise of management actions, such as dispersal of problematic flying-fox camps.

Key recommendations in the submission included the need to:

  • Employ a national approach to manage threatened species.
  • Employ measures to gain community cooperation and commitment. Consult and educate the community with scientific based data.
  • Hold meaningful consultation with those who act in the interests of flying-fox (and have helpful expertise) before a revised policy is developed.
  • Develop and properly fund a flying-fox education program that aims at reducing community/flying-fox conflict. This should include providing resources for community groups to conduct education, in recognition of their expertise and effectiveness.
  • Set realistic goals. Consideration for determining camp site management should include the current pattern and history of utilisation by flying-fox, the site health and sustainability, the community needs and concerns, available food resources and site buffers.
  • Consider flying-fox camps and movement when developing planning schemes.
  • Continue to monitor and increase locations at which camps are monitored to obtain an improved understanding of the movements of this threatened species across the landscape.
  • Utilise resources of existing suitably qualified experts when developing policies.
  • Restore suitable flying-fox habitat based on species preference, not on where people want to live.
  • Take your time in developing policy. It is about our environmental and the future of our community.

The full submission can be seen at

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Environment_and_Energy/Flyingfoxmanagement/Submissions.

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