National recovery plan for the Downy Wattle (Acacia pubescens)

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environment Australia, February 2003
ISBN 0 7313 6504 6

12. Threat and Habitat Management

To achieve the goal of in situ protection of A. pubescens, requires not only a reduction in the risk of habitat loss (as addressed in section 11), it also requires that the threats that lead to habitat degradation are addressed. Threats that have been observed at sites have been described in section 9.2 of this plan. Lack of knowledge about the species is an additional threat which may be impacting on the species. This section also includes an action to address this threat.

12.1 Objective

To reduce the impacts of threats at sites and to ensure that any planning and management decisions that are made which affect the species, are made in accordance with the recovery objectives of this plan.

12.2 Criteria

Threat and habitat management programs have been prepared and are being implemented at 62* sites by 2008. Conservation of the species is facilitated through appropriate planning and management decisions.

* This target is based on the number of sites that the NPWS believes could be actively managed, given their tenure. In addition, sites have been included because they have high conservation significance and are located in areas which are currently under-represented in terms of site management. The target does not represent the minimum number of sites required to ensure the survival of the species or indicate the only sites that should be managed or indicate that other sites are not significant.

12.3 Recovery Actions

12.3.1 Negotiate with public authorities to implement threat and habitat management programs on public lands

A large percentage of sites are on lands owned by public authorities. Proper management of these lands by public authorities will therefore be essential for the conservation of the species. Relevant public authorities will be encouraged to prepare management plans (or other similar documents) which will stipulate that certain actions will be carried out by the authority to protect the species in situ.

Any sites owned by public authorities that are targeted for reservation (as a consequence of implementing action 11.3.2 above) will be included in these negotiations, to ensure threats are being managed at the most significant sites. These sites are tabled below:

Code Site Landowner
BN5a Carysfield Park Bankstown City Council
BN17a Louisa Reserve Bankstown City Council
BN17b The Crest of Bankstown Bankstown City Council
BN19 Norfolk Reserve Bankstown City Council
BN20 Lansdowne Park Bankstown City Council
BN30 Montgomery Reserve Bankstown City Council
SU1 Menai Sutherland Shire Council

Any sites owned by public authorities which already have some reservation or protection status will also be included in these negotiations, to ensure threats are being appropriately managed at these protected sites. These sites are tabulated below:

Code Location Landowner
HA2 Mountain Lagoon DLWC
PA3 Campbell Hill Pioneer Park Parramatta Council
PA5 Duck River Reserve Parramatta Council
BL1 Prospect Reservoir Sydney Catchment Authority
BL2 Prospect Reservoir Sydney Catchment Authority

The NPWS will also liaise with Councils to ensure that Plans of Management are prepared and implemented in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, for the following community lands that contain populations of A. pubescens, and ensure that these plans include actions which protect sites of A. pubescens.

Code Location Council
AU1 Auburn Botanic Gardens Auburn
BN1 Bankstown; end Brancourt Ave Bankstown
BN4b Bass Hill; Walshaw Reserve Bankstown
BN5b Bass Hill; Manuka Reserve Bankstown
BN12 Condell Park; 20 Hunter St Bankstown
BN15 Condell Park; 374 Marion St Bankstown
BN18 Georges Hall; Thornton Reserve Bankstown
BN21 Milperra; Ashford Reserve Bankstown
BN23 Milperra; Deepwater Park Bankstown
BN26 Padstow; Salt Pan Creek Reserve Bankstown
BN29 Revesby; Flood Reserve Bankstown
BN32 Villawood; adjacent to Colgate-Palmolive Bankstown
BN34 Villawood; Thurina Park Bankstown
FA1 Bossley Park; Bossley Pk Sports Complex Fairfield
FA2 Bossley Park; Bossley Road Reserve Fairfield
FA3 Bossley Park; Derwent Place Reserve Fairfield
FA4 Bossley Park; Salter Road Reserve Fairfield
FA5 Bossley Park; park on Horsley Drive Fairfield
FA6 Bossley Park; Warragamba Crescent Park Fairfield
FA8 Prairiewood; Fairfield Indigenous Flora Park Fairfield
HA6 Oakville; E side of Old Stock Route Rd Hawkesbury
LV2 Green Valley; S side of Nth Liverpool Rd Liverpool
RK1 Bardwell Valley Golf Course Rockdale
ST4 Strathfield; Hudson Park Golf Course Strathfield

NPWS will also liaise with other public authorities to prepare and implement threat and habitat management programs at the following sites:

Code Authority Location
BN25 DEET Milperra; UWS Bankstown Campus
AU3a RIC Lidcombe; E of Minda Detention Centre
AU4 RIC Lidcombe; railway siding between Lidcombe and Flemington
AU5 RIC Regents Park; E of Park Rd, near Jenkins St
AU7 RIC Regents Park; W of Minda Detention Centre
AU9 RIC Rookwood; 100 m S of Arthur St overbridge
BN7 RIC Birrong; 50m N of Rodd St overbridge
BN8 RIC Birrong; rwy cutting nr cnr Wellington Rd/Auburn Rd
BN28 RIC Revesby; Doyle Road overpass
BN36 RIC Yagoona Railway Station
FA11 RIC Villawood; N side of Villawood Railway station
PA4 RIC Rosehill; rail corridor at Rosehill Station
ST3c RIC Rookwood; cutting near Weeroona Rd
CA1 RTA Beverly Hills/Narwee; M5 fwy, N of Windarra St
AU6 SRA Regents Park; on west side of station
BL3 Sydney Water (SW) Prospect Reservoir
BL4 SW Prospect Reservoir
BN9 SW Birrong; Potts Hill Reservoir
BN10 SW Chester Hill; pipeline corridor W of Barbers Rd
HO2 SW Guildford; edge of drain cnr of Berwick & Beauford Sts
PA2 SW Guildford; behind Girl Guide's Hall near pipeline

Actions will include that public authorities will:

  • identify existing and potential threats (eg. weed invasion, hybridisation and reducing access to sites);
  • develop and implement threat and habitat management programs; and
  • monitor populations on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of threat and habitat management programs.

The NPWS must also carry out similar threat and habitat management actions at all sites on NPWS estate, ie. the NPWS will:

  • identify existing and potential threats (eg. weed invasion, dumping, hybridisation);
  • develop and implement threat and habitat management programs; and
  • monitor populations on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of threat and habitat management programs.

Those sites on NPWS estate include:

Code Location National Park
HA7a Pitt Town; 1 km along Pitt Town/Dural Rd from junction of Cattai Rd Scheyville NP
HA9b Pitt Town; Reserve 88626, Avondale Rd Scheyville NP
HA10b Pitt Town; Avondale Rd, opposite no. 118 Scheyville NP
HA14 Scheyville NP; N of Pitt Town/Dural Rd and S of Long Neck Lagoon Scheyville NP
HA16 Windsor Downs Nature Reserve Windsor Downs NR

The assistance of community groups in implementing threat and habitat management programs or monitoring their success will be encouraged, especially where resources are limited (see section 15 for more details).

The negotiations are to be carried out by the NPWS. The implementation of any actions are to be carried out by the relevant public authority.

12.3.2 Informed environmental assessment and planning decisions are made

Consent and determining authorities will assess developments and activities, and will prepare environmental planning instruments which avoid and minimise impacts on the species.

In order to give this effect, consent and determining authorities will ensure that:

  • developments and activities are assessed with reference to this recovery plan, environmental assessment guidelines (appendix 3) and any future advice from the NPWS regarding the distribution, threats, biology and ecology of A. pubescens;
  • development consent issued on land in the vicinity of known populations, is sensitive to the species, given knowledge of threats; and
  • any relevant environmental policies, management plans and Environmental Planning Instruments are prepared or reviewed with reference to the recovery plan and any future advice from the NPWS regarding the distribution and ecology of the species.

This action is to be carried out by Councils and Planning NSW in consultation with the NPWS.