National recovery plan for the Golden Bandicoot Isoodon auratus and Golden-backed Tree-rat Mesembriomys macrurus 2004 - 2009
Palmer, C. Taylor, R. and Burbidge, A.
Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, 2003
Objectives, Actions and Performance Criteria
Sites where the Golden Bandicoot and Golden-backed-Tree-rat have been recorded are extremely remote. Tenures on these sites are Aboriginal Land (4 sites including 3 islands), Defence Land (1 site), Conservation Reserve (3 sites including 2 islands) and Unallocated Crown Land (5 sites including 3 islands). There are major constraints to implementation of this Plan due to the high costs associated with work in remote areas, and the absence of any existing regional threatened species management programs where the species survives. The successful conservation of the species will be reliant on:
- the commencement of monitoring for feral cats (cat watch) on islands where the species occurs (this could be done in conjunction with AQIS and Norforce) and
- development of cooperative management arrangements between Government agencies, Aboriginal landowners and their representative organisations. Long-term funding programs could be targeted towards local people who live in these remote areas and who could be employed to undertake strategic early dry season fire management, maintain a regular cat-watch over islands and undertake feral animal control.
- To maintain or improve the conservation status of the Golden Bandicoot and Golden-backed Tree-rat (currently listed nationally as Vulnerable)
- To achieve an accurate assessment of population trends and
- To identify the key threatening processes.