Recovery Plan for iconic brush-tailed rock wallaby

27 March 2018

It’s the faunal emblem and a mascot for the City of Ipswich – but threats to the brush-tailed rock wallaby’s existence has led to an Ipswich City Council Recovery Plan to ensure the species’ survival.

Conservation and Environment Committee Chairperson Councillor Kerry Silver said Petrogale penicillata, or brush-tailed rock wallaby, was listed as vulnerable to extinction within Queensland and nationally. Within Ipswich, they are found in the Teviot Range and Little Liverpool Range.

“Little is known about this shy animal, so this brush-tailed rock wallaby recovery plan will help Ipswich remain a population stronghold for the species,” she said.

“The recovery plan will build on council’s conservation achievements, including the purchase of more than 2200ha of core rock wallaby habitat at Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate.

“Council’s vision is that the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate provides a leading example of co-existence between rock wallaby conservation and visitor usage.

“To do that we must consolidate and expand local knowledge of brush-tailed rock wallabies, including population status, habitat and threats, in order to create and deliver a register of actions.”

Cr Silver said the recovery plan identified a suite of actions, including reducing pest plants and predators, increasing connectivity between habitat areas and mitigate potential impacts from recreational use.

“These actions will be aimed at implementing recommendations of the national recovery plan within Ipswich and adjacent local government areas,” she said.

“There are many factors that contribute to wallaby survival and our intervention through an extensive and thorough recovery plan could not be more vital or timely.

“The council will partner with relevant stakeholders to fight for the brush-tailed rock wallabies and take what actions are required to ensure their recovery."

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