Recovery Plan for Asterolasia elegans
Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW), Sydney
This document constitutes a Commonwealth recovery plan for Asterolasia elegans. It considers the conservation requirements of the species across its known range, and identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long–term viability of A. elegans in nature and the parties who will undertake these actions.
A. elegans is included as endangered on the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and endangered on the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. A. elegans is a tall shrub endemic to the hills north of Sydney. It produces large white flowers covered in dense star shaped hairs. There are seven known populations of A. elegans. Three populations of the species exist entirely within conservation reserves.
The overall objective of this recovery plan is to ensure the long–term survival of A. elegans in the wild by promoting in situ conservation. The recovery objectives detailed in this plan include:
- Coordinate the recovery of A. elegans,
- Identify where the species occurs and identify and assess the conservation status of the species habitat,
- Identify and minimise threats where the species occurs,
- Minimise the loss and fragmentation of A. elegans habitat using land–use planning mechanisms and increase the species legislative protection,
- Raise awareness of the species presence at sites and manage sites to minimise threats,
- Provide public authorities with information that assists in conserving the species and
- Promote research projects that will assist future management decisions.
It is intended that the recovery plan will be implemented over a 5–year period. The actions in this plan will primarily be undertaken by OEH in consultation with Hornsby Shire Council, Hawkesbury City Council and Baulkham Hills Shire Council, the Department of Lands and the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total cost of implementing the plan is $90,900 over a five–year period (Table 3). Implementation of recovery actions is reliant on securing funding.