Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Hunter Valley listed in the critically endangered category
On May 3rd 2016 the Minister approved the inclusion of the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Hunter Valley on the list of threatened ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in the critically endangered category. The listing is effective from 5 May 2016.
SPRAT Listing: Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Hunter Valley
Comments on this listing assessment closed 17 February 2016. The documents below remain available for reference only.
- Draft description and summary of threats for the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community (PDF - 410.46 KB) | (DOCX - 121.34 KB)
- Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community: listing assessment consultation guide (PDF - 376.79 KB) | (DOCX - 216.24 KB)
- Draft Map for the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community (PDF - 1.2 MB)
About the nomination and assessment
The ‘Warkworth Sands Woodland’ ecological community was placed on the 2014 Finalised Priority Assessment List (FPAL) by the Commonwealth Environment Minister. This FPAL item is currently being assessed by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) as a potentially threatened ecological community under Australia's national environmental law, the EPBC Act.
During the assessment process technical advice was reviewed, on the location of the ecological community. Because of this advice the Committee proposes renaming the ecological community as the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion. A draft Description and location map have been produced for the ecological community. The assessment is due for completion by 30 Apr 2016.
Invitation to comment
It is a requirement under the EPBC Act for the Committee to undertake a period of public consultation as part of the assessment process. Therefore, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment (the Department), on behalf of the Committee, sought comments on the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion.
It is proposed to include this ecological community in the category of critically endangered.
The Committee sought the views of experts, stakeholders and the general public on the draft Description for the ecological community, as provided, and the proposal to list it as ‘Critically Endangered' under the EPBC Act.
A Consultation Guide was provided to assist with understanding the assessment of the Warkworth Sands Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community and listing of ecological communities under the EPBC Act.