National recovery plan for Ginninderra Peppercress (Lepidium ginninderrense)

A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (C’wlth), based on an Action Plan (Action Plan No. 25) prepared for the species under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT)

Habitat Critical to Survival

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires that habitat critical to the survival of the listed threatened species is identified in the Recovery Plan. In addition, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage may identify and list critical habitat to the survival of a listed threatened species or ecological community. Details of this identified habitat have been recorded in the Register of Critical Habitat.

As the only known population of Lepidium ginninderrense occurs in the north-west corner of Belconnen Naval Transmission Station in the Australian Capital Territory (which is the type locality), this site is considered to be critical habitat for the species and necessary for the maintenance of genetic diversity and long-term evolutionary development of the species.

Legislative Provisions

The following legislation is relevant to the conservation of flora and fauna in the ACT:

Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT)

Parts 4 and 5 of the Nature Conservation Act protect native plants and animals. Section 21 of the Act authorises the declaration of vulnerable or endangered species and a threatening process.

Native plants and animals may be declared as protected (s. 17) or having special protection status (s. 16) in recognition of a particular conservation concern that warrants additional protection.

Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 (ACT)

The Land (Planning and Environment) Act is the primary authority for land planning and administration in the ACT. It establishes the Territory Plan and several of its provisions are relevant to the protection of flora and fauna. These include the reservation of Public Land, the establishment of a Heritage Places Register, and the undertaking of environmental assessments and inquiries.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth)

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is the primary Commonwealth legislation for environment protection. Under the EPBC Act, an action will require approval from the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage if the action has, will have, or is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance. Nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities are matters of national environmental significance.