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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

4 April 2001

INCREASED PROTECTION FOR THREATENED WILDLIFE


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced 15 species and five ecological communities will be added to the list of nationally threatened species and communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

"The 15 species to be listed under the Act include the Southern Elephant Seal, Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Brown Bandicoot and the critically endangered Bare-rumped Sheathtailed Bat," Senator Hill said.

"Five ecological communities will be added to the list of endangered ecological communities under the EPBC Act, including the Brigalow and the semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow."

"Both of these Brigalow communities have suffered an extensive decline in recent years following their clearance in both New South Wales and Queensland for agricultural use. They have also suffered as a result of continued grazing plus weed and feral animal invasion."

"The EPBC Act provides new hope for Australia's threatened species."

"Actions that are likely to have a significant impact on a threatened species or community now require approval from the Commonwealth under the EPBC Act. The Act therefore enables the Commonwealth to work with the States as part of a truly national scheme to protect threatened species such as the Southern Brown Bandicoot."

Senator Hill also announced the adoption of 56 recovery plans for threatened animal and plant species in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

"These plans can now be implemented - this is an important step in ensuring the continued survival and eventual recovery of threatened species."

April 4, 2001
Contacts: Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill) (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

Summary of listings approved by the Minister for Environment and Heritage

Nomination Listing
Species
Lord Howe Long-eared Bat
(Nyctophilus howensis)
Add to the list of Extinct species
Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat
(Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus)
Add to the list of Critically Endangered species
Southern Brown Bandicoot
(Isoodon obesulus obesulus)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Southern Giant Petrel
(Macronectes giganteus)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Christmas Island Pipistrelle
(Pipistrellus murrayi)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Greater Large-eared Horseshoe Bat
(Rhinolophus philippinensis large form)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Slater's Skink
(Egernia slateri slateri)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Semon's Leaf-nosed Bat
(Hipposideros semoni)
Add to the list of Endangered species
Northern Giant Petrel
(Macronectes halli)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Sub-antarctic Fur Seal
(Arctocephalus tropicalis)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Melaleuca deanei (a shrub) Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat
(Rhinonicteris aurantius)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Large-eared Pied Bat
(Chalinolobus dwyer)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Southern Elephant Seal
(Mirounga leonina)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Eastern Long-eared Bat
(Nyctophilus timoriensis) (South-eastern form)
Add to the list of Vulnerable species
Ghost Bat
(Macroderma gigas)
Delete from the list of Vulnerable species
Ecological Communities
Shale/sandstone transition forest Add to the list of Endangered ecological communities
Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) Add to the list of Endangered ecological communities
Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (North and South) and Nandewar Bioregions Add to the list of Endangered ecological communities
Bluegrass (Dichanthium spp.) dominant grasslands of the Brigalow Bioregions (North and South) Add to the list of Endangered ecological communities
Native springs associated with springs arising from the Great Artesian Basin watermass in its discharge areas Add to the list of Endangered ecological communities
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