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Sturt National Park Review of Environmental Factors for the reintroduction of locally extinct mammals

The Sturt National Park Review of Environmental Factors for the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals is closed.

The Sturt National Park Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals public exhibition is now closed. The 30 day exhibition period inviting public comment ended on Saturday 16 September.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service 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 early October with an estimated final determination for the REF around mid-October.

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 reviewing activities that will enable the reintroduction of seven locally extinct mammal species into Sturt National Park:

  • burrowing bettong (Bettongia lesueur)
  • greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
  • western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville)
  • golden bandicoot (Isoodon auratus)
  • greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor)
  • crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda)
  • western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii).

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

Copies of the REF and supporting appendices can be individually downloaded below. Appendix 7 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.

How can I get more information about Sturt National Park?

More information about Sturt national park can be viewed on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

The Plan of Management for Sturt National Park 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 17 July 2017. The draft plan can still be viewed on the Sturt National Park Draft Plan of Management page.

Page last updated: 27 September 2017