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This instrument amends the List of Threatened Ecological Communities (16/07/2000) to include various ecological communities in the critically endangered and endangered categories.
Administered by: Environment
Made 15 Dec 2008
Registered 06 Jan 2009
Tabled HR 03 Feb 2009
Tabled Senate 03 Feb 2009
Date of repeal 17 Mar 2015
Repealed by Spent and Redundant Instruments Repeal Regulation 2015 (No. 1)

 

 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

 

I, PETER ROBERT GARRETT, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, pursuant to section 184(1)(a) and (b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, hereby amend the list referred to in section 181 of that Act by:

 

including in the list in the critically endangered category

Natural grasslands on basalt and fine-textured alluvial plains of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland

as described in the Schedule 1 to this instrument;

including in the list in the endangered category

Natural grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin

as described in the Schedule 2 to this instrument; and

deleting from the list in the endangered category

Bluegrass (Dichanthium spp.) dominant grasslands of the Brigalow Belt Bioregions (north and south).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated this…Fifteenth....day of…December....2008

 

 

Peter Garrett

 

 

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

 


SCHEDULE 1

Natural grasslands on basalt and fine-textured alluvial plains of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland

 

Key diagnostic characteristics:

The Natural Grasslands on basalt and fine-textured alluvial plains of northern NSW and southern Queensland ecological community may be recognised by the following diagnostic features:

·      Distribution mainly in the Darling Downs of southern Queensland and the Liverpool Plains and Moree Plains of northern NSW. Occurrence is mainly associated with fine textured, often cracking clay soils derived from either basalt or alluvium.

·      Occurrence on landforms that are typically flat to very low slopes (less than 5 percent/1 degree).

·      Tree canopy usually absent to sparse, comprising less than 10% projective crown cover.

·      The ground layer is typically dominated by perennial native grasses and contains 3 or more of the indicator native species listed below.

Aristida leptopoda                                             White Speargrass

Astrebla elymoides                                     Hoop Mitchell Grass

Astrebla lappacea                                       Curley Mitchell Grass

Austrodanthonia bipartita                                 Wallaby Grass, Bandicoot Grass

Austrostipa aristiglumis                                    Plains Grass

Bothriochloa biloba                                           Lobed Bluegrass

Bothriochloa erianthoides                                 Satin Top Grass

Dichanthium sericeum                                       Queensland Bluegrass

Digitaria divaricatissima                                   Umbrella Grass

Elymus plurinervis                                             Wheat Grass

Eriochloa crebra                                               Cup Grass

Eulalia aurea                                                     Silky Brown Top

Panicum decompositum                                                Native Millett

Panicum queenslandicum                                  Yabila Grass

Thellungia advena                                             Coolibah Grass

Themeda avenacea                                            Native Oat Grass

Themeda triandra (synonym. T. australis)         Kangaroo Grass

Walwhalleya proluta                                         Rigid Panic

 

Note that in a poor season, as in a hot summer or drought, the only visible evidence of natural grassland may be scattered tussocks that are difficult to identify as any particular species. It is therefore, highly desirable to identify and assess the condition of the ecological community during a good season.

 


SCHEDULE 2

Natural grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin

 

Key diagnostic characteristics

The Natural grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and the northern Fitzroy Basin ecological community may be recognised by the following diagnostic features:

  • Distribution: It occurs within the Brigalow Belt North and South subregions which are largely within the Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy River Basin regions of Queensland;
  • Tree canopy absent or sparse (less than 10% projective crown cover); and,
  • The ground layer is typically dominated by perennial native grasses and contains at least 3 of the indicator native species listed below:

Aristida latifolia                                  Feather-top Wiregrass

Aristida leptopoda                              White Speargrass

Astrebla elymoides                              Hoop Mitchell Grass

Astrebla lappacea                               Curly Mitchell Grass

Astrebla squarrosa                              Bull Mitchell Grass

Bothriochloa erianthoides                   Satin-top Grass

Dichanthium queenslandicum             King Bluegrass

Dichanthium sericeum                        Queensland Bluegrass

Eriochloa crebra                                 Cup Grass

Panicum decompositum                      Native Millet

Panicum queenslandicum                   Yabila Grass

Paspalidium globoideum                    Shot Grass

Thellungia advena                              Coolibah Grass

Note that in a poor season, as in a hot summer or drought, the only visible evidence of natural grassland may be scattered tussocks that are difficult to identify as any particular species. It is therefore highly desirable to identify and assess the condition of the ecological community during a good season.