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New South Wales: Quoll Headquarters - 164 hectares - Steve Haslam

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Victoria: Witchwood - 9.1 hectares - Jill Redwood

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Queensland: The Roost - 39.75 hectares - Lynn Childs

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Tasmania: Lyn and Geoff's Refuge - 10 hectares - Lyn and Geoff Murray

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Western Australia: Tippaburra Valley - 2470 hectares - Buddy Kent

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New South Wales: Falls Forest Retreat - 80 hectares - Mary White

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Victoria: Wingura - 2.5 hectares - Suzanne and John Brandenberger

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Queensland: Cooper Creek Wilderness - 66.74 hectares - Prue Hewett

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HSI/WLT nomination leads to "Giant Kelp Marine Forests" protection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Evan   
Monday, 24 September 2012 05:05

After a Humane Society International (HSI) / Wildlife Land Trust (WLT) nomination to have Giant kelp forests of the east and south coasts of Tasmania listed as a Threatened Ecological Community in 2009, we were thrilled with the recent announcement by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke that he was giving national protection to the Giant Kelp Marine Forests as an endangered ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 (EPBC Act).

 

The HSI/WLT nomination seeking national protection for this highly important and critical habitat type was made due to our view that it met the listing criteria for: having small geographic distribution coupled with demonstrable threat; loss or decline of functionally important species; and reduction in community integrity, and we congratulate Minister Burke for taking this urgent conservation measure and including occurences off the coasts of Victoria and South Australia.

 

Minister Burke noted that this was a conservation first as the first listed marine community under the EPBC Act and that "These are the jungles we cannot see and are among our great natural treasures," adding that "Any actions likely to have a significant impact on the giant kelp marine forests ecological community are now required to be referred for assessment under national environment law."

 

A fact sheet on the ecological community has been prepared by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Communities and Populations following this listing, and can be accessed by clicking here.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 06:47
 

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