Trinkey State Conservation Area: Draft plan of management

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<ul><li><p>Draft Plan of Management </p><p> Trinkey State Conservation Area </p><p> Trinkey Community Conservation Area Zone 3 State Conservation Area </p></li><li><p> Acknowledgments </p><p>This plan of management was prepared by staff of the Northern Plains Region of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), part of the Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet. </p><p>The NPWS acknowledges that Trinkey State Conservation Area is in the traditional country of the Gamilaraay Aboriginal people. </p><p>For additional information or any inquiries about this park or this plan of management, contact the NPWS Coonabarabran Area Office, 30 Timor St, Coonabarabran or by telephone on (02) 6842 1311. </p><p>Disclaimer: This publication is for discussion and comment only. Publication indicates the proposals are under consideration and are open for public discussion. Any statements made in this draft publication are made in good faith and do not render the Office of Environment and Heritage liable for any loss or damage. Provisions in the final management plan may not be the same as those in this draft plan. </p><p>Published by: Office of Environment and Heritage 5961 Goulburn Street PO Box A290 Sydney South 1232 Copyright State of NSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage: Use permitted with appropriate acknowledgment. </p><p>ISBN 978 1 74293 524 9 </p><p>OEH 2012/0141 </p><p>Printed on recycled paper </p></li><li><p>Trinkey State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management </p><p> NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service </p><p>February, 2012 </p></li><li><p>Invitation to Comment </p><p>The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) requires that a plan of management be prepared that outlines how an area will be managed. </p><p>The procedures for the exhibition and adoption of plans of management involve the following stages: </p><p>Public exhibition of draft</p><p>plan for at least 90 days</p><p>Plan and submissions to the </p><p>Community Conservation Advisory Committee </p><p>for consideration</p><p>Plan, submissions and Community </p><p>Conservation Advisory Committees advice to </p><p>the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory </p><p>Council for consideration</p><p>After considering the plan, </p><p>submissions and the recommendations of the Advisory </p><p>Council the Minister may adopt the plan</p><p>The Community Conservation Advisory </p><p>Committee consists of members </p><p>representing a broad range of </p><p>community interests in the community </p><p>conservation area and provides advice </p><p>about park management and </p><p>community perspectives</p><p>The Advisory Council</p><p>advises the Minister</p><p>administering the NPW Act. Its </p><p>membership is drawn from science, </p><p>education, conservation, recreation</p><p>and other interest groups</p><p>This draft plan has been developed with input from local community members and the CCA Committee, and is now being placed on public exhibition for comment. Members of the public, whether as individuals or as members of community interest groups, are invited to comment in writing on this plan of management. </p><p>The draft plan is on exhibition until the Monday 25th</p><p> June, 2012. </p><p>Submissions can be made by: i) Writing to The Ranger, Somerton National Park, NPWS, 30 Timor Street, </p><p>Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357; or ii) Submitting comments on-line at www.environment.nsw.gov.au. To make consideration of your submission as effective as possible it would help us if you: </p><p> Identify the section heading and number to which your comment relates; and </p><p> Briefly explain the reason for your comment and, if appropriate, suggest other ways to address the issue. </p><p>All submissions received by NPWS are a matter of public record and are available for inspection upon request. Your comments on this draft plan may contain information that is defined as 'personal information' under the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The submission of personal information with your comments is voluntary. </p></li><li><p>Contents </p><p>1. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................ 1 </p><p>1.1 Location, gazettal and regional setting ............................................................................ 1 </p><p>1.2 Statement of Significance ............................................................................................... 1 </p><p>2. MANAGEMENT CONTEXT ................................................................................................ 2 </p><p>2.1 Legislative and Policy Framework ................................................................................... 2 </p><p>2.2 Management Purposes and Principles ............................................................................ 2 </p><p>2.3 Specific Management Directions ..................................................................................... 3 </p><p>3. VALUES ............................................................................................................................. 4 </p><p>3.1 Geology, Landscape and Hydrology ............................................................................... 4 </p><p>3.2 Native Plants ................................................................................................................... 4 </p><p>3.3 Native Animals ................................................................................................................ 6 </p><p>3.4 Aboriginal Heritage ......................................................................................................... 6 </p><p>3.5 Historic Heritage ............................................................................................................. 7 </p><p>3.6 Visitor Use, Education and Research .............................................................................. 7 </p><p>3.7 Information and Education .............................................................................................. 7 </p><p>4. ISSUES .............................................................................................................................. 8 </p><p>4.1 Weeds and Pest Animals ................................................................................................ 8 </p><p>4.2 Isolation and Fragmentation ............................................................................................ 9 </p><p>4.3 Climate Change .............................................................................................................. 9 </p><p>5. MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS AND OTHER USES ........................................................ 10 </p><p>5.1 Management Facilities and Operations ......................................................................... 10 </p><p>5.2 Non-NPWS Uses/Operations ........................................................................................ 10 </p><p>6. IMPLEMENTATION .......................................................................................................... 12 </p><p>REFERENCES ......................................................................................................................... 17 </p></li><li><p>Map of Trinkey State Conservation Area </p></li><li><p> 1</p><p>1. Introduction </p><p>1.1 Location, gazettal and regional setting </p><p>Trinkey State Conservation Area (also referred to in this plan as the reserve) is 10,229 hectares in size, with a boundary 81.2 kilometres in length. It is located approximately 12 kilometres east of Tambar Springs, 7 kilometres north-east of Premer and 41 kilometres south-west of Gunnedah. Trinkey State Conservation Area is one of the reserves established under the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Areas Act 2005 (NSW) (BNCCA Act) and as such forms part of a chain of reserves stretching the length of the Brigalow Belt South Bioregion. It provides some connectivity in a highly cleared and fragmented landscape between the larger reserved lands to the west such as Warrumbungle National Park and the Pilliga conservation reserves, and the Liverpool Ranges to the south and forms part of the catchment for Bundella and Coxs Creeks and the Lake Goran basin, part of the Namoi River Catchment. Trinkey State Conservation Area is part of both the Liverpool Plains and the Pilliga sub-regions of the Brigalow Belt South Bioregion. Prior to being gazetted as a State Conservation Area in December 2005 the reserve was managed by Forests NSW as a commercial cypress pine forest and included grazing leases. It is surrounded by private properties used for grazing and cropping and includes several roads that are vested in the Minister under Part 11 of the NPW Act to ensure continued access to neighbouring land. These roads do not form part of the gazetted area of the park but their management is subject to this plan, the NPW Regulation and the requirements of the EPA Act. Trinkey State Conservation Area lies within the Gunnedah Local Government Area and the Liverpool Plains Local Government Area. It lies within Zone 8(a) 'National Parks and Nature Reserves' of the Gunnedah Local Environmental Plan 1998 and Zone 1(f) 'Rural (Forestry) Zone' of the Quirindi Local Environmental Plan1991. The SCA falls within area of the Walhallow Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), and is part of the traditional lands of the Gamilaraay Aboriginal people. </p><p>1.2 Statement of Significance </p><p>Trinkey State Conservation Area is considered to be of significance for: Native Plants: Trinkey State Conservation Area conserves remnants of the original vegetation and habitats of the Pilliga sub-region of the Brigalow Belt South Bioregion. It contains a total of 358 vascular plant species. One species, Rulingia procumbens is listed as endangered under both the NSW TSC Act and the EPBC Act (Hunter 2008). Nine plant communities have been identified within the reserve three of which contain threatened ecosystems. The White Pine Bulloak White Box Woodland is protected under the TSC Act as White Box Yellow Box Blakelys Red Gum Community and under the EPBC Act as critically endangered White Box Yellow Box Blakelys Red Gum Grassy Woodland or derived native grassland. Additionally components of the Pilliga Box White Box Myall Woodland and the Dirty Gum Rough-barked Apple Bulloak Woodland contain are likely to constitute the Myall Woodland in the Darling Riverine Plains, Brigalow Belt South, Cobar Peneplain, Murray-Darling Depression, Riverina and NSW South Western Slopes bioregions classified as an endangered ecological community under the TSC Act and the endangered ecological community Weeping Myall Woodland under the EPBC Act. </p></li><li><p> 2</p><p>Native Animals: One hundred and sixty species of native fauna have been recorded within the reserve including seven species of amphibians, 25 reptile species, 103 bird species and 20 species of mammal. Of these, nine species of birds and three species of mammals (spotted-tailed quoll, koala and the little pied bat) are listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act. One species, the bush stone-curlew is listed as endangered under the TSC Act. Aboriginal Heritage: The reserve protects over 30 Aboriginal sites, with a likelihood that more sites will be found. It provides an important connection to Country for the local Aboriginal community. Historic Heritage: Two historic blazed trees have been recorded in the reserve. </p><p>2. Management Context </p><p>2.1 Legislative and Policy Framework </p><p>The management of the community conservation area is in the context of a legislative and policy framework, primarily the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) and Regulation, the Community Conservation Area Agreement developed under the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005 (CCA Act), the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) and the policies of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). </p><p>Other legislation, strategies and international agreements may also apply to management of the area. In particular, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) may require assessment of environmental impact of works proposed in this plan. The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) may apply in relation to actions that impact on matters of National Environmental Significance, such as migratory and threatened species listed under that Act. </p><p>A plan of management is a statutory document under the NPW Act. Once the Minister has adopted a plan, the plan must be carried out and no operations may be undertaken within the reserve except in accordance with the plan. This plan will also apply to any future additions to Trinkey State Conservation Area. Should management strategies or works be proposed in future that are not consistent with this plan, an amendment to the plan will be required. </p><p>2.2 Management Purposes and Principles </p><p>Community Conservation Areas </p><p>Community conservation areas are established under the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005. This Act provides for four dedicated management zones of which zones 1, 2 and 3 relate to land reserved under the NPW Act as a national park, Aboriginal area or a State conservation area, respectively. Land in zones 1, 2 and 3 are managed consistent with the management principles set out in the NPW Act. </p><p>Zone 3 State Conservation Areas </p><p>Zone 3 community conservation areas are reserved under the NPW Act to protect and conserve areas that: </p><p> contain significant or representative ecosystems, landforms or natural phenomena or places of cultural significance; </p><p> that are capable of providing opportunities for sustainable visitor use and enjoyment, the sustainable use of buildings and structures, or research; and </p></li><li><p> 3</p><p> are capable of providing opportunities for uses permitted under other provisions of the Act. </p><p>Under the Act (section 30G), Zone 3 community conservation areas are therefore managed to: </p><p> conserve biodiversity, maintain ecosystem functions, protect natural phenomena and maintain natural landscapes; </p><p> conserve places, objects and features of cultural value; </p><p> provide for the undertaking of uses permitted under other provisions of the NPW Act (including uses permitted under section 47J such as mineral exploration and mining), having regard to the conservation of the natural and cultural values of the state conservation area; </p><p> provide for sustainable visitor use and enjoyment that is compatible with conservation of the area's natural and cultural values and with uses permitted in the area; </p><p> provide for sustainable use (including adaptive reuse) of any buildings or structures or modified natural areas having regard to conservation of the area's natural and cultural values and with other uses permitted in the area; and </p><p> provide for appropriate research and monitoring. </p><p>Land is reserved as a state conservation area where mineral values do not allow for reservation under another category. The NPW Act requires a review of the classification of state conservation areas every five years in consultation with the Minister administering the Mining Act 1992. A review was undertaken in November 2008 in which the status of Trinkey Community Conservation Area, Zone 3 State Conservation Area remained unchanged. </p><p>In the long term it is intended for Trinkey Community Cons...</p></li></ul>

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