National recovery plan for the Tallong Midge Orchid (Genoplesium plumosum)

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, May 2002
ISBN 0 731 36457 0

7. Implementation

Table 2 shows the allocation of responsibilities for the implementation of the Recovery Actions specified in this Plan amongst NPWS and other relevant government agencies and/or parties for a period of five years from the time this Recovery Plan is adopted. It also identifies the costs associated with each action. The total estimated cost for their implementation is $36,800. The majority of the funds will be provided from existing resources within the NPWS and MSC, with a contribution of $11,250 from the NHT funding already received from Environment Australia. Some ($2,314) of the total funds provided from the NHT have already been used in undertaking the previous actions listed in this Recovery Plan.

An additional $2,800 of unsecured funds are required to implement some of the actions. These additional funds will be sought from various sources, including corporate sponsorship and other external funding sources.

8. Social and Economic Consequences

The main social benefit of conserving the habitat in which the Tallong Midge Orchid survives is in meeting the desire of many in the community that further loss of species and the ecological communities in which they occur should be prevented.

There is an opportunity at the Santa Sabina College to illustrate to students threatened species conservation issues using the Tallong Midge Orchid population growing on and adjacent to its own field station.

There are some potential social and economic costs associated with conserving the Tallong Midge Orchid habitat. These include:

  • Any developments proposed for the MSC and private house block sites will need to be designed to minimise impact on the Tallong Midge Orchid. The impact of this cannot be quantified until any development proposals have been formulated.
  • Where development proposals and activities cannot be designed to minimise impact there will be a cost resulting from the preparation of a Species Impact Statement. In some instances there may be additional costs to a proponent resulting from a decision by public authorities to not give consent to a development or give approval to an activity.
  • Some potential recreational uses for sites on both the Tallong Park Estate and the Santa Sabina College's Tallong Campus may not be appropriate for the conservation of the species. This does not appear likely to cause major inconveniences and both landowners are sympathetic to leaving the habitat of this endangered orchid undisturbed.

9. Biodiversity Benefits

In protecting the Tallong Midge Orchid the unusual sandstone shrub and moss community in which it is found would also be conserved. While the associated species present are not uncommon, the particular plant community structure and composition growing on these sandstone sheets appear to be highly restricted in distribution.

10. Preparation Details

This Recovery Plan was prepared by Genevieve Wright and John Briggs of the NPWS, and edited by Michael Saxon of the NPWS. It has been formulated with the advice and assistance of the Tallong Midge Orchid Recovery Team. The Recovery Team is a non-statutory group of expert biologists, landowners/managers and other stakeholders. The Team has been established by the NPWS to discuss and resolve issues relating to the conservation and management of the species.

11. Review Date

In relation to its status as the State endorsed Recovery Plan for the Tallong Midge Orchid, any major changes to this Recovery Plan will require the revised Plan to be placed on public exhibition in NSW and re-approval by the NSW Minister for the Environment. The NPWS, Environment Australia or other Recovery Team members should be contacted if it is believed any change to the Recovery Plan or to the Recovery Program should be considered. This Recovery Plan is to be formally reviewed by the NPWS in conjunction with the Recovery Team within five years from the date of its publication.

12. References

Jones, D.L. (1988), Native Orchids of Australia. Reed Books Pty. Ltd. Frenchs Forest NSW.

13. Acronyms Used in this Document

DLWC Department of Land and Water Conservation
EP&A Act NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
EPBC Act Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
ESD Ecologically Sustainable Development
MSC Mulwaree Shire Council
NPW Act NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974
NPWS NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
NVC Act NSW Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997
SRA State Rail Authority
TSC Act NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act,1995