National Recovery Plan for the
Peter Menkhorst and Emily Hynes
Prepared by Peter Menkhorst and Emily Hynes, Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne.
Published by the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) East Melbourne, November 2011.
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This is a Recovery Plan prepared under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, with the assistance of funding provided by the Australian Government.
The Australian Government, in partnership with the Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water New South Wales and Department of Environment and Resource Management Queensland, facilitates the development of recovery plans to detail the actions needed for the conservation of threatened native flora and fauna.
This Recovery Plan has been developed with the involvement and cooperation of a range of stakeholders, but individual stakeholders have not necessarily committed to undertaking specific actions. The attainment of objectives and the provision of funds may be subject to budgetary and other constraints affecting the parties involved. Proposed actions may be subject to modification over the life of the plan due to changes in knowledge.
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Citation: Menkhorst, P. and Hynes, E. 2010. National Recovery Plan for the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata. Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne.
Cover photograph: Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata by Lucy Clausen © DSE
Species Information 4
Decline and Threats 7
Recovery Information 11
Management Practices 16
Biodiversity Benefits 16
Affected Interests 16
Role and Interests of Indigenous People 17
Social and Economic Impacts 17
Implementation Costs and Schedule 22
Appendix 1. Detail of Recovery Actions 23
Appendix 2 - Extralimital Populations 30
Figure 1. Distribution of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby 5
Table 1. Listed Threatening Processes likely to affect the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby 10
Table 2. Summary of recovery objectives, performance criteria and actions……………....13
The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is a medium-sized marsupial macropod that was formerly widely distributed in south-eastern Australia, from south-eastern Queensland through eastern and central New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory to western Victoria. It has suffered a widespread decline in range and abundance, with a major range contraction and local extinctions in many areas, especially in the south and west of its distribution. The species now survives mostly on isolated rocky escarpments along the Great Dividing Range from south-eastern Queensland through eastern New South Wales to eastern Victoria. Historical and current threats include hunting, predation, habitat loss, competition with other species and loss of genetic diversity. The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is also listed as Vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992, Endangered under the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Endangered under the Australian Capital Territory Nature Conservation Act 1980, and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. This Recovery Plan for the Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby is the first national recovery plan for the species, and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.