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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 now available for review and comment.

A public exhibition of the Review of Environmental Factors provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the implementation of this project in Pilliga State Conservation Area and Gilgai section of Pilliga National Park. Submissions close 28 October 2017.

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 is being exhibited by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and has 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 will soon be 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.

Where can I see a printed copy of the Review of Environmental Factors?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Baradine Office, 50-58 Wellington Street, Baradine NSW 2396
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy Narrabri Office, Suite1/60 Maitland Street, Narrabri NSW 2390
  • Narrabri Visitor Information Centre, 103 Newell Highway, Narrabri NSW 2390
  • Coonabarabran Library, John Street, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
  • Office of Environment and Heritage Customer Centre, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney 2000

How can I comment on the Review of Environmental Factors?

Submit your feedback on the REF by 28 October 2017.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • note which part or section of the REF your comments relate to.
  • give reasoning in support of your points - this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas.
  • if you agree or support a particular part or idea in the REF, please tell us.
  • if you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • it is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

You can provide your written submission in either of the following ways:

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Online
Make a submission online by using the online form below

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By email
Email your submission to: npws.bwt@environment.nsw.gov.au

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By mail
Post your written submission to:
Biodiversity and Wildlife Team
PO Box 1236
Coffs Harbour NSW 2454

Your privacy

Your comments on the draft REF may include personal information. Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For more information, see the Office of Environment and Heritage privacy page.

Your submission, in whole or part, or as part of a summary, may be made publicly available on our website. If you object to such publication, please indicate that on your submission. Should an access application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 be received that requests access to your submission, your views about the release will be sought, if you have indicated that you object to it being made public.

How can I get more information about the draft Review of Environmental Factors?

For further information about the Review of Environmental Factors, appendices and this project please contact the Biodiversity and Wildlife team on 02 6650 7120 or email npws.bwt@environment.nsw.gov.au

When will the Review of Environmental Factors be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in October 2017, the National Parks and Wildlife Service will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the REF. This will be provided to Office of Environment and Heritage in mid-November with an estimated final determination around late November.


The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.
Page last updated: 29 September 2017