Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Values Study in the Cessnock Local Government Area and Surrounds



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Acknowledgements


This project could not have been prepared without the assistance of numerous people who have an interest or role in protecting and managing the GBMWHA.

Particular thanks go to Paul Keighley from SEWPaC, who provided guidance and input into the ongoing production of the project.

Staff at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) including Richard Bath and Lucas Grenadier provided valuable assistance in obtaining relevant literature for the project.

Thank you to Jacqueline Reid and the GBMWHA Advisory Committee, who provided input on available literature and issues for consideration as part of the project.

Ian Turnbull from CCC also provided LGA-specific information and provided input into the reporting and mapping process.

Thanks also go to all workshop attendees for their time and input into the process.



    1. Methods

      1. Personnel


The contributors to the preparation of this project, their qualifications and roles are listed in Table 2..

Table 2. Project team



  1. Name

  1. Qualifications

  1. Position and role

  1. Alex Cockerill

  1. BSc (Hons)

  1. Project Director – report review

  1. Toby Lambert

  1. BEnvSc

  1. Project Manager – report preparation and review

  1. Paul Rossington

  1. BSc, Dip WldMgt

  1. Botanist – report preparation

  1. Deborah Landenberger

  1. BSc (Hons)

  1. Botanist – field surveys, report preparation

  1. Tanya Bangel

  1. BSc (Hons)

  1. Botanist – report preparation

  1. Allan Richardson

  1. BEnvSc (Hons)

  1. Ecologist – field surveys

  1. Selga Harrington

  1. BSc (Hons)

  1. Ecologist – report review

  1. Sam Wilkins

  1. Dip GIS

  1. GIS team lead

  1. Rob Suansri

  1. BSc

  1. GIS specialist

All work was carried out under the appropriate licences, including scientific licences as required under Clause 22 of the National Parks and Wildlife Regulations 2002, Section 132C of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (License Number: SL100630).
      1. Literature review


A comprehensive literature review of documents relevant to the GBMWHA and the lands located within the immediate vicinity, and generally within the Cessnock LGA, was conducted. These documents provided an understanding of the values of the GBMWHA and the surrounding lands and guided identification of conservation values to be modelled and managed. These references also provided information and background to the potential impacts and threats to biodiversity values.

Table 2.2 below is a list of the references that were identified by Parsons Brinckerhoff, by SEWPaC, OEH, GBMWHA Advisory Committee and CCC as being relevant to the project.



Table 2. List of references

  1. Reference

  1. 1999 World Heritage Nomination - IUCN Technical Evaluation The Greater Blue Mountains Area (Australia) (International Union for Conservation of Nature 1999)

  1. A survey of a low-density Koala population in a major reserve system, near Sydney, New South Wales (Curtin et al. 2002)

  1. Blue Mountains City Council State of the City Report 2008-2012 (Blue Mountains City Council 2012a)

  1. Blue Mountains City Council, Community Strategic Plan Engagement Strategy (Blue Mountains City Council 2012b)

  1. Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan (Office of Environment and Heritage 2012b)

  1. Cessnock LGA City Wide Settlement Strategy (Cessnock City Council 2003)

  1. Cessnock LGA State of the Environment Report (Cessnock City Council 2012)

Connectivity conservation and the Great Eastern Ranges Corridor (Mackey et al. 2010)

  1. Ecological assessment reports and monitoring reports for Donaldson Coal Mine (Donaldson Coal Pty Ltd 2006)

  1. EPBC Act Listed Ecological Communities Mapping in the Lower Hunter (Parsons Brinckerhoff 2013a)

  1. Fauna surveys Sugarloaf and Werakata conservation reserves (Department of Environment and Climate Change 2008c, 2008d)

  1. Greater Blue Mountains Advisory Committee, Meeting Report (Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee 2012)

  1. Hunter Biodiversity Database, Newcastle City Council 1998

Hunter Catchment – Biodiversity Sensitivity Analysis (Eco Logical Australia 2012)

  1. Lower Hunter Regional Conservation Plan (Department of Environment Climate Change and Water 2009)

  1. Lower Hunter Vegetation Mapping (Parsons Brinckerhoff 2013b)

  1. National Parks Fire Management Plans and Plans of Management, includes Blue Mountains, Watagans and Jilliby SCA, Yengo and Parr Reserve (NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service 2004; NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 2001, 2009)

  1. Native vegetation of Yengo and Parr Reserves and Surrounds (Department of Environment and Climate Change 2008a)

  1. Notes on distribution and conservation status of some restricted Plant Species from the Hunter Valley (Bell 2001)

  1. Proposed Draft World Heritage SEPP, Discussion Paper (Department of Planning 2010)

  1. Regional Coastal Planning – Lower Hunter. Mapping Methodology for Biodiversity Conservation Lands (Department of Environment and Climate Change 2003)

  1. Stephen Bell vegetation mapping for Cessnock LGA, Sugarloaf SCA, Werakata NP and Watagans and Jilliby SCA (Bell 2004b; Bell & Driscoll 2006, 2007, 2012)

  1. Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 (Blue Mountains City Council 2010)

  1. Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeaters in the Lower Hunter Region of NSW: An assessment of status, identification of high priority habitats and recommendations for conservation (Roderick et al. 2013)

  1. The Eucalypts of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (Hager & Benson 2010)

  1. The Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Nomination (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 1998)

  1. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Strategic Plan (NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service 2009)

  1. The Vegetation of the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ), Cessnock LGA, New South Wales (Bell 2004a)

  1. The Vertebrate Fauna of southern Yengo National Park and Parr State Conservation Area (Department of Environment and Climate Change 2008b)

  1. Vegetation, Fire and Climate Change in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (Hammill & Tasker 2010)

  1. Vegetation, Survey, Classification and Mapping of the Lower Hunter and Central Coast Region (LHCCREMS) (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003)

  1. Wollombi Valley Catchment Management Plan (Wollombi Valley Landcare Group Inc 2003)

  1. Wollombi Vegetation and Habitat Plan (Fallding & Bell 1996)

  1. Yengo National Park, Parr State Conservation Area and Finchley Aboriginal Area Plan of Management (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 2009)
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