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Published Date 22 Dec 2015

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

INCLUSION OF A PLACE IN THE COMMONWEALTH HERITAGE LIST

 

 

MAJURA VALLEY NATURAL TEMPERATE GRASSLAND

 

 

I, Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, having considered in relation to the place described in the Schedule of this instrument:

 

(a)       the Australian Heritage Council’s assessment whether the place meets any of the Commonwealth Heritage criteria; and

 

(b)       the comments given to the Council under sections 341JF and 341JG of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

 

being satisfied that the place described in the Schedule has the Commonwealth Heritage values specified in the Schedule, pursuant to section 341JI of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, include the place and its Commonwealth Heritage values in the Commonwealth Heritage List.

 

 

 

Dated     14/12/ 2015

 

[signed]

Greg Hunt

Minister for the Environment

 


 

SCHEDULE

 

STATE / TERRITORY:            AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Local Government:               

Name:                                      Majura Valley Natural Temperate Grassland

Location / Boundary:

Approximately 123ha, Majura Road, 6km east of the Canberra CBD, being an area bounded by a line commencing at the intersection of the western boundary of Land Parcel MAJURA/0/636 with MGA northing 6093928mN (approximate MGA point Zone 55 699602mE 6093928mN), then via the following MGA points consecutively: 700822mE 6093721mN, 700757mE 6093494mN, 700802mE 6093421mN, 701095mE 6093188mN, then southerly directly to the intersection of the southern boundary of Land Parcel MAJURA/0/636 with MGA easting 701136mE (approximate MGA point 701136mE 6092941mN), then generally westerly and generally northerly via the southern and western boundaries of Land Parcel MAJURA/0/636 to the commencement point.

The following area is excluded: The whole of Land Parcel MAJURA/0/637.

Criteria / Values


 

Criterion

Values

(b)

 

the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia’s natural or cultural history

In south-eastern Australia, 99.5 per cent of the estimated pre-European Natural Temperate Grassland has been destroyed or grossly altered. Natural Temperate Grassland is listed as Endangered nationally and in the ACT and is considered the most threatened grassland in Australia. The place represents an important, high-quality expression of this community; it is highly diverse floristically and is one of the largest intact remnants known to exist in the region and the largest on Commonwealth land.

 

The place provides important habitat for a number of rare and threatened grassland species: Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana), Grassland Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla), Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar), Canberra Raspy Cricket (Cooraboorama canberrae), Perunga Grasshopper (Perunga orcacea) and Button Wrinklewort (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides).

 

(c)

 

the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s natural or cultural history

The place is important for research into the ecology of the Natural Temperate Grassland community and in particular the Grassland Earless Dragon, Golden Sun Moth and other species typical of native grasslands.

 


 

(d)

 

the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of:

(i)  a class of Australia’s natural or cultural places; or

(ii) a class of Australia’s natural or cultural environments;

The place is an ecologically functional and diverse area of Natural Temperate Grassland, representing the principal characteristics of the native grasslands of the ACT. The place provides important habitat for grassland dependent species and supports several significant populations of species typical of natural temperate grasslands.

 

 

For more information on the place search the Australian Heritage Database at http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl using the name of the place.