Threatened Species and other Nominations
The Scientific Committee of the ACT is consulting the public on a nomination for the Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) to be listed as Regionally Conservation Dependent on the ACT Threatened Native Species List. Regionally Conservation Dependent species are those which are subject to intensive conservation management needed to conserve the species.
Listing of the Eastern Bettong as Regionally Conservation Dependent aims to ensure the factors that caused the species to go extinct from mainland Australia are managed in the ACT.
The Eastern Bettong has been nominated by the Scientific Committee under the Nature Conservation Act 2014.
Why nominate the Eastern Bettong?
The Eastern Bettong was once common around Canberra but became extinct in mainland Australia almost 100 years ago following the introduction of foxes and increased land clearing and livestock grazing. For this reason the mainland population of the Eastern Bettong is listed as extinct under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
In 2011 and 2012, the ACT Government brought 60 Eastern Bettongs from Tasmania to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary where their numbers have continued to grow, based on recent population estimates there are now around 230. A trial is underway to assess if an Eastern Bettong population can be established ‘beyond the fence’ in the Lower Cotter Catchment.
For more information about the ACT Government’s Eastern Bettong project and their re-introduction to the ACT, click here.
Have your say
The Scientific Committee is seeking additional evidence and information that can be used to support the nomination, or any comments on the information already provided in the nomination. Following consultation, the Scientific Committee will decide whether to recommend to the Minister for the Environment that the species be listed as Regionally Conservation Dependent.
Written submissions are welcome and can be sent to:
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 158, CANBERRA ACT 2601
The nomination is available for inspection during business hours at Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.
Submissions may only be given during the public consultation period. The consultation is open from Friday 27 October until Friday 8 December 2017.
Legislation Register link to Public Consultation Instrument