Hunter Valley Weeping Myall (Acacia pendula) Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion

Listing review for Hunter Valley Weeping Myall (Acacia pendula) Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion under Australia’s national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
April 2014

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Invitation to comment

On behalf of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee), the Australian Government Department of the Environment (the Department) is undertaking public consultation on the review of the Hunter Valley Weeping Myall (Acacia pendula) Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion. In 2005, this ecological community was listed as Critically endangered under the EPBC Act, by the name: Weeping Myall – Coobah – Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley.

Comments on the revised conservation advice are welcome. A list of questions to guide comments is provided below.

The period of consultation closes on 30 May 2014.

About the nomination and assessment

The Committee is reviewing this listing to take into account new information about additional occurrences and a more detailed description of the ecological community than in the current listing for the Weeping Myall – Coobah – Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley. The proposed name for the revised ecological community is Hunter Valley Weeping Myall (Acacia pendula) Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion. The review indicates that the ecological community is eligible for listing as ‘critically endangered’. Should the Minister for the Environment decide to amend the list of threatened ecological communities to include the revised ecological community, the current listing for the Weeping Myall – Coobah – Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley will be removed from the list of threatened ecological communities. It will be replaced with the Hunter Valley Weeping Myall (Acacia pendula) Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion.

The assessment was placed on the 2013 Finalised Priority Assessment List by the Minister for the Environment. Guided by expert technical input, a review of eligibility for listing by the Committee has progressed in the form of a draft conservation advice for the ecological community.

Questions to guide comments

  1. Could the revised description and name of the ecological community be improved and if so how? Please support your comments with information and data. If some of that information is not published, would you be willing to be quoted as an expert (“personal communication”)?
  2. Does the revised ecological community merit listing in the ‘critically endangered’ category under the EPBC Act? If not, would another conservation category apply, and why?
  3. Is the revised description for this ecological community appropriate to identify the ecological community in the field? If not, please indicate changes or additions that will improve the description.
  4. The draft conservation advice identifies two sites (at Wybong and Wambo) additional to the currently listed site at Jerrys Plains cemetery (it does not exclude other sites). Are the newly identified occurrences accurate? Are you aware of any further occurrences that would meet the description of the ecological community (if so, please provide details)?
  5. Is there further information about the nature and timeframe of threats operating on the ecological community, including the severity, consequences and particular locations the threats are operating?
  6. Please provide relevant information about the flora and fauna that make up this ecological community for a particular location.
  7. Please provide any additional information about priority conservation actions needed to manage and recover the ecological community, beyond those noted in the draft conservation advice, or the recovery plan found at: National Recovery Plan Weeping Myall - Coobah - Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley

Providing comments

All comments received will be forwarded to both the Committee and the Minister for the Environment. Information in the assessment, as well as other information received by the Department, will be used by the Committee to determine the threatened status of the ecological community and advise the Minister for the Environment on whether or not to amend the list of threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act. The Minister for the Environment makes the decision on whether or not to list a threatened ecological community under the EPBC Act.

The public comment period closes on 30 May 2014.

If you wish to comment, please send your comments quoting the ecological community name to:

Email: epbc.nominations@environment.gov.au

Mail:
Ecological Communities Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Fax: (02) 6274 2214

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Privacy and confidentiality in regard to comments received on the listing assessment

Information contained in any comments will be stored and used by the department in compliance with its obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

If you wish your comments to remain confidential, you should clearly mark the relevant part(s) of your comments as ‘confidential’. Notwithstanding any obligations of confidentiality, the department may be required by law or parliamentary process to disclose, or allow disclosure of, any information contained in or relating to any comments (including personal and/or confidential information), including in response to a request by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth or under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).