Nature conservation

Threatened species

Southern Fontainea (Fontainea australis)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Keep-watch species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Relatively large populations of this species occur within reserves (e.g. Limpinwood and Numinbah Nature Reserves) where current management is sufficient to ensure their long term security.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure the security of this species in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

  • This species is likely to be secure in NSW for the long term without targeted management, assuming adequate ongoing management of habitat within the public reserve system. This species is therefore a lower priority for investment than other, more threatened species that have urgent management requirements. Any change in the status of this species (e.g. decline in abundance or emergence of a significant threat) will trigger a shift to the Site-managed stream and the development of a conservation project, which will be prioritised for implementation.
A number of state-wide conservation actions have also been identified for this threatened species, which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

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  • Map habitat and populations, assess habitat condition, estimate abundance and extent of populations.
  • Survey habitat of the species prior to road and track maintenance. Assess need to protect trackside plants.
  • Identify critical factors limiting the recovery of the species.
  • Research fire response (for the species and habitat).
  • Control weeds in populations shown to be affected by weed burden.
  • Reserve Fire management Strategy include operational guidelines to protect this species from fire.
  • Protect areas of known habitat from timber harvesting and other land clearing. Avoid fragmenting habitat with roads or tracks.
  • Identify information and resource needs to ensure that land managers and other stakeholders are aware of Fontainea australis populations and habitat and that its recovery requirements are taken into account in PoMs, fire plans and pest management plans.
  • Encourage the community to participate in the detection of Fontainea australis at new locations, and encourage their participation in habitat rehabilitation projects.

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.