Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist in referral, environmental assessment and compliance issues, refer to the Listing Advice and/or Conservation Advice and Recovery Plan. The Listing and/or Conservation Advice define the national ecological community and may include Key Diagnostic Characteristics, Condition Thresholds, Priority Research and Conservation Actions and additional considerations.
In addition, for recovery planning, mitigation and conservation information, refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered
Date Effective 16 Jul 2000
Listing and Conservation Advices For ecological communities listed from 2013 onwards, there is no separate listing advice. Instead, the advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee regarding the listing status of the ecological community and recommendation regarding a recovery plan are contained within the Conservation Advice.
Commonwealth Listing Advice on Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub of the Sydney Region (Endangered Species Scientific Subcommittee, 2000g) [Listing Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, this species had a recovery plan in force at the time the legislation provided for the Minister to decide whether or not to have a recovery plan (19/2/2007).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub Endangered Ecological Community Recovery Plan (NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW DEC), 2004d) [Recovery Plan]..
Other EPBC Act Plans
Federal Register of Legislative Instruments Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
Indicative Distribution Map(s) Map of Eastern Suburbs Bankia Scrub of the Sydney Region threatened ecological community (Environment Australia, 2003af) [Indicative Map].
Distribution Map Community Distribution Map

This map has been compiled from datasets with a range of scales and quality. Species or ecological community distributions included in this map are only indicative and not meant for local assessment. Planning or investment decisions at a local scale should seek some form of ground-truthing to confirm the existence of the species or ecological community at locations of interest. Such assessments should refer to the text of the Listing Advice, which is the legal entity protected under the EPBC Act.

For the legal definition of the ecological community please refer to the listing advice and other documents under Legal Status and Documents.

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub is the accepted name for a plant community on nutrient poor sand deposits in the eastern and south eastern suburbs of Sydney. It has a structural form predominately of sclerophyllous heath or scrub occasionally with small areas of woodland or low forest. The characteristic assemblage of plants in the community includes tree, shrub and heath species, including some but not all of the following components: Allocasuarina distyla, Acacia longifolia, A. suaveolens, A. terminalis, Actinotus minor, Banksia aemula, B. ericifolia, B. integrifolia, B. serrata, Baekea imbricata, Bauera rubiodies, Boronia parvifolia, Bossiaea heterophylla, Brachyloma daphnoides, Darwinia spp., Epacris spp., Eucalyptus gummifera, Hakea teretifolia, Kunzea ambigua, Lambertia formosa, Leptospermum spp., Melaleuca squamea, Monotoca spp., Persoonia lanceolata, Ricinocarpus pinifolius, and Styphelia viridis. Species in the understorey include the fern Pteridium esculentum and the monocotyledons Caustis pentandra, Dianella revoluta, Eragrostis brownii, Haemodorum planifolium, Hypolaena fastigiata, Lepidosperma laterale, Leptocarpus tenax, Lepyrodia scariosa and Xanthorrhoea resinifera.

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub is now restricted to less than 1% of its original area and currently exists only as a number of remnants.

For the legal definition of the ecological community please refer to the listing advice and other documents under Legal Status and Documents.

Centennial Parklands restoration

Restoration work at Centennial Parklands that have been acheived include (Clews & McDonald 2011):

  • thinning the canopy of planted trees and removing the exotic and non-endemic shrub layer, resulting in reinstatement of a typical ESBS vegetation structure
  • ongoing treatement of exotic climbers and groundcover
  • culling juvenile Leptospermum laevigatum to prevent the dominance of the species
  • raking back the leaf litter layer to expose the soil surface and encourage seed bank germination
  • soil stabilisation works to slow water flow and prevent erosion
  • pilig debris from weeding works for ecological burns
  • creating access trackes to direct the movement of workers and visitors to prevent disturbance, soil compaction and trampling of seedlings
  • erecting a fence around the remnants to exclude pests and unauthorised human access.

Clews, L. & S. McDonald (2011). Restoring Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub in Sydney's historic Centennial Parklands. Australasian Plant Conservation. 20(2):13-14.

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub of the Sydney Region in Community and Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed 2014-09-19T05:02:25EST.