National recovery plan for Tuggeranong Lignum (Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong)

A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth), based on an Action Plan (Action Plan No. 24) prepared for the species under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT).

7. Socio-economic Issues

There are no foreseen activities or land uses that are likely to conflict with achievement of the conservation objective. Visitor access to the location will be discouraged. The two known locations of the species are within ACT reserves, and there are no potential adverse social or economic impacts that may result from the implementation of the plan.

The conservation and management of M. is the responsibility of Environment ACT.

8. Legislative Provisions

The following legislation is relevant to 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 (EPBC Act) is the primary Commonwealth legislation for environment protection. Under the EPBC Act, an action will require approval from the (Commonwealth) Environment Minister 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.

9. Consultation and Community Participation

The original Action Plan was released as a draft in March 1999 for public comment (minimum 21 days). Availability of the draft was advertised in The Canberra Times. Following analysis of the comments, the final plan was released in October 1999.

Although the area supporting this species is within a high usage zone of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, no specific community involvement in its management is planned. Advice on the location of the species will be issued to individuals on a 'need to know' basis only.

10. Role and Interests of Indigenous People

The interests of local Indigenous communities in this plan have not yet been identified. Implementation of recovery actions under this plan will include consideration of the role and interests of indigenous communities in the region.