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Have your say: Flying-fox camp management guidelines

10 January, 2015

Submissions are invited until Friday 30 January 2015 on the draft EPBC Act Policy statement - Camp management guidelines for the Grey-headed and Spectacled flying-fox.

The Grey-headed Flying-fox and the Spectacled Flying-fox are vulnerable species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

These two mainland flying-foxes play an important role across their distributions, providing key ecosystem services - such as pollination and seed-dispersal - for many vegetation communities along the east coast of Australia.

They can move long distances in search of food on a seasonal basis. Grey-headed flying-foxes can move between camps in different states and the ACT.

Each species is considered to exist as a single national population covering its entire range. This makes national coordination important in managing these species.

The policy describes which actions at camps of EPBC Act listed flying-foxes are likely to have a significant impact and provides suggested best practice mitigation standards to avoid significant impacts.