Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW), 2005
ISBN: 1 7412 2144 7
7 Previous Recovery Actions
- 7.1 Survey
- 7.2 Profile and environmental impact assessment guidelines
- 7.3 Establishment of a recovery team
- 7.4 Community awareness initiatives
- 7.5 In-situ protection
During the preparation of this recovery plan, 18 D. sp. C Illawarra sites were surveyed by the DEC with the assistance of Anders Bofeldt (Wollongong Botanic Gardens) and community volunteers. Habitat details, threats and observations of flowering and fruit production were recorded at each surveyed site.
A species profile and environmental impact assessment guidelines have been prepared for D. sp. C Illawarra (Appendix 4) to assist public authorities, community groups and private landholders in the conservation of the species. These documents also aim to assist consent and determining authorities in the statutory assessment of potential impacts on the species.
The Illawarra Regional Threatened Flora Recovery Team was established in June 2001 to coordinate the recovery planning for six plant species which occur in the Illawarra region and are listed as endangered at a State and National level. These species are D. sp. C Illawarra, Irenepharsus trypherus, Zieria granulata, Pterostylis gibbosa, Cynanchum elegans and Pimelea spicata. Representatives of the public authorities that are involved in the planning and/or management of remnant vegetation in the region are present on the recovery team, as are representatives of various regional organisations and community groups.
- An information brochure has been prepared and distributed to raise awareness of the six “Threatened Plants of the Illawarra” including D. sp. C ‘Illawarra’.
- In June 2002, the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and Wollongong Council hosted a workshop to raise awareness of issues relating to the conservation of threatened flora in the Illawarra. D. sp. C ‘Illawarra’ was one of the subject species of that workshop.
- In November 2002, Landcare Illawarra hosted a workshop to raise awareness of D. sp. C ‘Illawarra’ and five other endangered flora species in the Illawarra.
- The DEC has initiated a program of meeting landholders with D. sp. C ‘Illawarra’ on their property to discuss sympathetic management of the species and the opportunities for entering into conservation agreements.
- A Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA) under the NP&W Act has been signed to protect habitat for the species at Willow Creek (Dc21). A Plan of Management for the site has been prepared.
- A Property Agreement under the under the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 has been signed to protect habitat for the species at Marshall Mount (Dc3). Cattle have also been temporarily removed from this property until the installation of watering points and fencing of native vegetation has been completed (A. Knowlson, pers. comm.).
- Threat abatement works including fencing to exclude livestock and bush regeneration are being implemented by private landholders and the DEC at four sites (Dc17, Dc21, Dc28 and Dc41).