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Pilliga State Conservation Area Review of Environmental Factors for the reintroduction of locally extinct mammals

The Pilliga State Conservation Area Review of Environmental Factors for the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals is closed.

The 30-day exhibition period inviting public comment ended on Saturday 28 October. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are comprehensively reviewing all submissions, and will prepare a submissions report, making any necessary changes to the REF. This will be provided to Office of Environment and Heritage in mid-November with an estimated final determination for the REF around late November.

Questions and answers

What is a Review of Environmental Factors?

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is used to document the environmental impact assessment of proposed activities on land reserved under the National Park and Wildlife Act. The REF examines the significance of likely environmental impacts of a proposal and measures required to mitigate adverse impacts to the environment.

This REF was exhibited by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and had been prepared by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. It will enable the reintroduction of up to 7 locally extinct mammal species into Pilliga State Conservation Area:

  • greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
  • western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville)
  • bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata)
  • brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia penicillate)
  • plains mouse (Pseudomys australis)
  • western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii)
  • possibly northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii)

How can I download a copy of the Review of Environmental Factors?

Copies of the REF and supporting appendices can be individually downloaded. Appendix 13 details a draft monitoring framework to demonstrate ecological outcomes and track environmental change.

How can I get more information about the reintroduction of locally extinct mammals?

The Office of Environment and Heritage have engaged the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and University of NSW to reintroduce locally extinct mammal species into three conservation reserves in New South Wales.

For further information on the reintroduction of locally extinct mammals go to Reintroducing locally extinct mammals.

A Review of Environmental Factors has already been exhibited for Sturt National Park, and is now being exhibited for Mallee Cliffs National Park.

How can I get more information about Pilliga State Conservation Area?

More information about Pilliga State Conservation Area can be viewed on the Pilliga State Conservation Area page.

The Statement of Management Intent for the Pilliga Outwash Parks has been recently updated and is in the final stages of being reviewed to allow for the reintroduction of locally extinct mammals. The public exhibition period for this draft plan closed on 7 August 2017.

Page last updated: 03 November 2017