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Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW.

Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Establish and maintain a Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Recovery Team to guide, evaluate and review progress of the implementation of this Recovery Plan.
  • Involve the Wiimpatji (aboriginal) community in the implementation and review of the Recovery Plan.
  • Involve adjacent leaseholders in the implementation and review of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Recovery Plan.
  • Conduct an effective fox control program at Gap Range and Coturaundee Range.
  • Conduct an effective goat removal program at Gap Range and Coturaundee Range.
  • Erect goat proof fencing to prevent re-immigration of goats onto NPWS managed lands.
  • Implement cat monitoring project.
  • Implement a Macropod Management Program.
  • Maintain natural watering points and manage artificial watering points within areas occupied by Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.
  • Investigate the feasibility of artificially providing water and feed during drought.
  • Liaise with local landholders to extend Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby habitat protection, rehabilitation and management across the areas identified as significant habitat.
  • Undertake annual aerial surveys in July by helicopter using existing methodologies of all Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby sub-populations.
  • Extend annual aerial surveys to detect changes in distribution within the Mutawintji Population and in areas where reports of sightings are received.
  • Complete fox, goat and rabbit control at Split Rock release site prior to release.
  • Undertake direct translocation of Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies from Coturaundee Range and or Gap Range to Split Rock.
  • Undertake translocation monitoring program.
  • Select potential sites for re-introduction and commence liaison with local landholders/manager re the proposed re-introduction.
  • Assess genetic relationships between Mutawintji, Olary Hills, South Australia and other presumed extinct populations within NSW.
  • Finalise recovery plan in 2007

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.