Nature conservation

Threatened species

Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion

Saving our Species strategy

This ecological community has been assigned to the Ecological community (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This is a threatened ecological community.

Conservation status

Management objectives

The SoS strategy aims to maximise the viability of the ecological community and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Management areas and sites across NSW

Critical actions for this ecological community

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed ecological communities are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this ecological community are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Consult with land managers/owners in particular churches, schools, hospitals and Councils with good condition TEC remnants about participating in conservation agreements (preferably long-term in perpetuity) to protect the TEC. Site, Area
Identify and map green corridors with the aim of restoring TEC connectivity. Replant corridors and buffer areas with native, appropriate TEC species. Seeds and tube stock for replanting should be collected from Council nurseries, herbarium or other regulated nurseries with known genetics to prevent disease introduction and inbreeding potential. Site, Area
Conduct bush regeneration and replanting programs in proposed buffer zones and green/wildlife corridors for TEC remnants. Site, Area
Conduct research on the required intensity and frequency of fire to maintain viable functional TEC remnants through ecological burn trials. Fires should be undertaken spatially and with varying intensities across mosaic patches (regimes appropriate for Wet Sclerophyll Forest are required). Update best practice fire management guidelines and planning documents, including threatened species, populations and communities hazard reduction list for Rural Fire Service (RFS). Current NSW threatened ecological communities RFS hazard reduction list is too frequent for the TEC. Site, Area
Provide training workshops for volunteer firefighters and managers in relevant Local Government Areas to demonstrate the importance of ecological burning (i.e. mosaic burns, differing intensities etc.) and required regimes for the TEC. Site, Area
Conduct targeted and fine-scale, sensitive weed control as well as revegetation as required. Consideration should be given to water and erosion sensitive weed control. Weed control to be conducted in mosaic patches and selective weed control depending on habitat resilience. Site, Area
Undertake best available pest control (multiple controls- warren ripping, bait laying, warren-fumigation, coordinated release of disease- are often best at a landscape/regional level) for rabbits. Site, Area
Provide advice to Councils on using water sensitive designs, as well as suitable sedimentation and erosion controls adjacent to the TEC. Area, Site
Provide rural residents with information about the use of fertilisers and the use of low phosphorus chemicals. Site, Area
Liaise with utility companies to provide advice on preventing sewage/storm water overflow into creek lines that flow into the TEC and to restrict vegetation clearance in relation to the maintenance of the utility asset. Encourage utility companies to identify TEC remnant sites and place on an actively managed list that maintenance staff are made aware of. Site, Area
Ensure creek line stabilisation through bush regeneration and suitable replanting (associated TEC species) to reduce bank erosion. Site, Area
Minimise the effect of hydrological impacts from adjacent developments by mitigating runoff into the TEC as well as impacts associated with drawdown to the water table. Potential solutions may include the installation of tanked water basement capture, and slow release back into the water table at development sites. Site, Area
Manage the TEC appropriately and sensitively, with minimal disturbance when attempting to reduce fire risk to life and property. Investigate options for improving fire-proof construction standards as an alternative to clearing vegetation within the TEC. Site, Area
Liaise with the Rural Fire Service and other land managers about minimising clearing in the TEC by highlighting the community’s importance e.g. use existing tracks/fire trials as fire breaks, prevent clearing for additional fire breaks in the TEC. Update fire mapping and fire planning documentation to reduce the frequency of fire in TEC remnants, based on outcomes of ecological burn trials. Site, Area, State
Provide information to land manager contractors, councils and land owners about to 'how' to apply restricted clearing in TEC vegetation and reduce the risk of fire e.g. only clearing sporadic shrubs and grasses (with a certain distance in-between to prevent the spread of fire) in the lower vegetation layers instead of complete removal. Site, Area
Ensure that any bush regenerators and contractors working within the TEC are appropriately trained and hold appropriate licences. State, Site
Train and supervise entry level bush regenerators. Maintain a minimum level of training at certificate IV in conservation and land management. Site
Conduct bush regeneration in staged mosaic patches to maintain potential habitat areas during works. Develop and continue to update best practice guidelines for appropriate weed control and bush regeneration techniques in TEC remnants. Liaise with Australian Association Bush Regenerators and other relevant bush regenerator associations to keep up to date with new weed control techniques. Site, Area
Develop and include information kits (relevant to each local area and local occurrence of the TEC) to be provided as a part of welcome kits for new residences to each Local Government Area where the TEC occurs. Area
Install compliance and interpretation signage at priority areas of the TEC where disturbance is occurring. Site, Area
Install fencing as required in high disturbance areas, utilising bollards and/or natural barriers such as native plantings, rocks, logs etc. Close informal and illegal trails with natural barriers. Site, Area
Implement multi-agency coordinated pest management control programs e.g. 1080 fox baiting or predator trapping. Site, Area
Provide residents with information about keeping domestic pets contained and on a leash. Area, Site
Augment habitat with logs, nesting boxes and artificial habitat. Site, Area
Mapping of key habitat features in national parks and Council reserves to ensure protection. Site, Area
Consult with land managers about the retention and protection of habitat features in Council reserves and other important TEC remnants. Identify and protect important and key habitat features on private lands. Implement habitat protection strategies when conducting ecological and hazard reduction burning. Site, Area

How will this ecological community be managed?

Key management sites for this ecological community are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 2 management sites have been identified for this ecological community.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Lane Cove National Park Contributing site (regional priority)Proposed Hornsby 
Wallumatta Nature Reserve Contributing site (regional priority)Proposed Ryde 

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

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