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)

Performance Criteria

  1. The population of Lepidium ginninderrense is monitored annually and the population is maintained. (Annual)
  2. Existing habitat conditions are maintained at the site by avoidance of potential threats (especially construction of visitor facilities). (Annual/ongoing)
  3. Statements of conservation objectives and intended management actions for the species are placed in relevant management plans and strategies. (Annual/ongoing)
  4. An 'adaptive management' approach has been adopted based on monitoring results and expert advice. (Annual/ongoing)
  5. Translocation and ex-situ conservation measures (seed collection, propagation, planting and seed storage) have been undertaken. (Year 3)

Evaluation of Performance

Environment ACT has primary responsibility for implementation of this Recovery Plan and will review progress of the Plan after three years, using the above performance criteria. The review will be reported to the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee providing the opportunity to assess progress and establish revised directions and priorities for future conservation action.

Protection

The area in which the population of Ginninderra Peppercress occurs is within the Belconnen Naval Transmission Station, which is classified under the National Capital Plan (NCA 2003) and the Territory Plan (ACTPLA 2003) as National Land. The closure of the Belconnen Naval Transmission Station in the near future and development of the suburb of Lawson will require the protection of the Ginninderra Peppercress in a reserve.

  1. The conservation and management of Lepidium ginninderrense is currently the responsibility of the Department of Defence. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place between the Department of Defence, Environment ACT and the Department of the Environment and Heritage for the conservation and management of the site.
  2. The Belconnen Naval Transmission Station is on the Register of the National Estate. (Place ID: 100639. Royal Australian Naval Transmitting Station, Baldwin Dr., Lawson, ACT). The place is also on the Commonwealth Heritage List established in 2004 through amendments to the EPBC Act. The citation for the place refers to the presence of Danthonia grassland and Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) on the site, but not Lepidium ginninderrense. Environment ACT will advise the Australian Heritage Council of the occurrence of Lepidium ginninderrense at Belconnen Naval Transmission Station with a view to amending the existing citation for the site.
  3. Environment ACT will support reservation under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 (ACT) of the Lawson grassland including the area containing Lepidium ginninderrense as part of the planning for the new suburb of Lawson.

Socio-economic Issues

A planning study for the suburb of Lawson was undertaken in 2001-02 jointly by the Commonwealth Department of Defence and the ACT Department of Urban Services (Planning and Land Management). The area of grassland habitat containing the population of L. ginninderrense is proposed for reservation and protection from development.

Establishment of a reserve will provide open space near residential development, and it will be necessary to manage public access in a manner that protects the native grassland and Ginninderra Peppercress population.