Flying-Fox Netting Subsidy Program
The Flying-Fox Netting Subsidy program is delivered by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on behalf of the NSW Environmental Trust and the Office of Environment and Heritage.
The program assists orchardists in NSW whose operations would be significantly affected by the prohibition of licensed shooting of flying foxes as a crop protection measure.
Funding for the Flying-Fox Netting Subsidy has been fully committed as at 17 March 2016 and the NSW Rural Assistance Authority is no longer able to accept applications for this scheme.
Growers who have had funding approved through this program, however have not yet completed works are required to forward invoices for reimbursement of costs upon completion of their works to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority before 15 June 2017. Any claims for reimbursement received after this date will not be accepted.
The Farm Innovation Fund provides a loan which can be accessed by growers to install exclusion netting to prevent Flying-Fox damage to existing orchards.
The loan is available from the Authority for net GST exclusive costs of the work less any other government funding, up to a maximum of $250,000 at a concessional interest rate fixed for the term of the loan, up to 20 years dependent upon the amount borrowed.
Further information on the Flying-Fox Netting Subsidy Program and the phasing out of licensed shooting is available at:
Detailed information on the types of netting structures available can be found at: