Official Media Release

$50K to Protect Murrurundi School Children From Bat Colony

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Upper Hunter Shire Council will receive a $25,000 grant from the Local Government NSW Flying-foxes Grants Program to implement emergency flying-fox camp management measures at Murrurundi Public School

Joining with the General Manager of Upper Hunter Shire, Waid Crockett, and the relieving Principal of Murrurundi Public School, Ian Ralston, Mr Johnsen said that Upper Hunter Shire Council will receive the $25,000 in funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Local Government NSW (LGNSW) to install shade structures at Murrurundi Public School to alleviate the impacts of the flying-fox camp on the school.

“The NSW Government funding will be matched by a $12,500 contribution from Council and a $12,500 contribution from Murrurundi Public School, which comes to a total of $50,000 for the project,” Mr Johnsen said.

General Manager of Upper Hunter Shire, Waid Crockett welcomed the announcement.

“Council is committed to reducing the impact of the flying-fox camp on the residents of Murrurundi wherever possible. The camp is directly impacting Murrurundi Public School so we are pleased the OEH and LGNSW is providing assistance to Council and the School to alleviate this impact.”, Mr Crockett said.

“The shade sails will go a long way to protecting the safety of our school children which has been a primary concern for residents and Council.”

Mr Ian Ralston, relieving Principal of Murrurundi Public School, noted that Mr Johnsen’s announcement was a win for his school and Murrurundi Community.

“Murrurundi Public School and community are delighted with the announcement to fund a covered area at the school. It will provide a valuable sheltered assembly and play area for all students,” Mr Ralston said.

Mr Johnsen said that the Murrurundi Flying-fox survey is still open and Council is encouraging all residents to complete the survey online via Council’s website or here http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/your-council/media/news/public-information-session-on-flying-foxes.aspx

“Whilst this funding announcement addresses some of the community’s immediate concerns, I would strongly encourage members of our local Murrurundi community to complete the Murrurundi Flying-fox survey if they haven’t already, which can be done online, or at any Council office,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

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