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 Australian Network for Plant Conservation 8

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GPO Box 1777  Canberra  ACT 2601  Australia 

ABN: 70 861 480 818 

Telephone: (02) 6250 9509; Fax: (02) 6250 9528;Email: anpc@anpc.asn.au 

Website: http://www.anpc.asn.au 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

Australian Network for Plant Conservation 8



th

 National Conference 

28 September to 1 October 2010  

Perth, Western Australia 

 

Published by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation 



Copyright © Australian Network for Plant Conservation and individual authors 2010  

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Front cover 

From top: 



Calytrix breviseta. Photo: Andrew Crawford 

Vegetation monitoring Photo: Melanie Smith 



Verticordia albida. Photo: Andrew Crawford 

Banksia montana. Photo: Greg Freebury 

Jacksonia pungens. Photo: Andrew Crawford 

 

Disclaimer 

The opinions expressed in this document are the views of the individual authors and do not necessarily 

reflect those of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation. 



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Table of contents 

Welcome from the ANPC ______________________________________________________ 3 

Acknowledgements ___________________________________________________________ 4 

Sponsors _______________________________________________________________________________ 4

 

Organising Committee ____________________________________________________________________ 5

 

Social Functions _____________________________________________________________ 6 

Site map ____________________________________________________________________ 7 

Information _________________________________________________________________ 8 

Program ____________________________________________________________________ 9 

Monday 27 September ____________________________________________________________________ 9

 

Tuesday 28 September ____________________________________________________________________ 9

 

Wednesday 29 September ________________________________________________________________ 11

 

Thursday 30 September__________________________________________________________________ 13

 

Friday 1 October _______________________________________________________________________ 14

 

Oral Paper Abstracts _________________________________________________________ 15 



Index by theme _________________________________________________________________________ 15

 

Poster abstracts _____________________________________________________________ 40 



Friday workshops ___________________________________________________________ 47 

 

 



 

 

 



 

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Welcome from the ANPC 

 

Welcome to the 8th national conference of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, on the theme 



of ‘Planning Conservation to Achieving Restoration’.  

This is the second ANPC Conference to be held in Perth. We are glad to be meeting again in Australia’s 

most biodiverse State, and one with a rich culture of conservation practice. 

I’d like to thank the conference sponsors who have made this event possible: the 



WA Department of 

Environment and Conservation



Mattiske Consulting

; the 

Taxonomy Research & Information 

Network

 (TRIN); and 



Alcoa

. These organisations contribute to plant conservation on many fronts, and 

recognise the value of supporting closer linkage of people in science, management, community and 

industry – linkage which is part of ANPC’s unique role. 

2011 will be the ANPC’s twentieth year of working to conserve Australia’s flora. The face of plant 

conservation in Australia has changed, although none of the challenges have yet been overcome. There 

are more organisations now, though few others are dedicated specifically to conserving flora. The 

funding scene has changed, but not necessarily improved. We have seen a welcome shift in investment 

to a more regional and perhaps a more strategic approach, although there is still an inadequate focus on 

biodiversity and an inadequate level of investment. We have seen the survival of the Landcare 

movement, with its unique blend of communication and action across sectoral divides. We have also 

seen the rise of non-government organisations dedicated to acquiring and rehabilitating land for 

biodiversity. 

A feature of the last 20 years has been acceptance by governments of the need for biodiversity 

conservation planning. Political commitment has waxed and waned, but there is a level of policy and 

planning greater than ever before. There are however many challenges in translating this into effective 

conservation practice, and governments are not always good at achieving that translation. Core 

problems include the short-term, non-strategic nature of funding cycles; a lack of commitment to 

sustaining and nurturing the community NGO sector at anything more than a subsistence level; and 

often an unwillingness to commit to the elimination of threatening processes, rather than just their 

management. These higher-level problems need to be addressed by the whole conservation sector. 

Our themes for this conference, however, are more focussed. As always, we are trying to bring together 

some of the best on-ground experience with the most relevant science and policy thinking. Some of our 

themes relate to areas where Western Australia has particularly rich experience – notably ‘Engaging 

Industry’ and ‘The Role of Taxonomy’, for which the minerals boom and the unique WA flora are the 

backdrop. The themes of ‘Seeds and Genes for Restoration’ and ‘Soil Health and Restoration’ 

complement ANPC’s past work through our technical publications and a national forum. And the 

overarching themes of ‘Conservation Planning’ and ‘Planning for Climate Change’ are areas where 

governments and industry need our ideas and some reality checks. 

Workshops topics include interactive plant identification tools (an under-used resource), and where 

ANPC should now take its pioneering work on standards for the translocation of threatened species. 

These and other workshops will be an opportunity for the exchange of experience, theory and practice. 

This is going to be a great conference, and I would like to convey the thanks of the ANPC membership 

to the conference organising committee:  in WA, Dave Coates, Leonie Monks, Shelley McArthur, 

Melanie Smith, Helena Mills, Ben Miller, Katherine Downes, Grant Wardell-Johnson, and in our national 

office Merryl Bradley and Sue Mathams. Their hard work typifies the dedication which has sustained 

ANPC for the last two decades. 

 

Bob Makinson 

President 

Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc


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Acknowledgements 

Sponsors 

Thank you to the conference sponsors: 

• 

Department of Environment and Conservation 



• 

Mattiske Consulting 

• 

Taxonomy Research & Information Network 



• 

Alcoa of Australia Ltd 



Platinum 

 

Silver 

 

 

 



  

 

Bronze 

 


 

 

 



 

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Organising Committee 

 

David Coates 



Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environment and 

Conservation, WA 

Leonie Monks 

Research Scientist, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA 

Shelley McArthur 

Technical Officer, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA 

Melanie Smith 

Senior Botanist Department of Environment and Conservation, WA 

Katherine Downes 

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Curtin University, WA 

Helena Mills 

Project Coordinator, SWAE Demonstration Area, WWF, WA 

Grant Wardell-Johnson 

Associate Professor, Biodiversity & Climate Change, Curtin University of 

Technology, WA 

Ben Miller 

Ecologist, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, WA 

Bob Makinson 

Conservation Botanist, Botanic Gardens Trust, NSW 

Sue Mathams 

Project Manager, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, ACT 

Merryl Bradley 

Office Manager, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, ACT 

Additional Organisational Support 

Thank you to the people behind the scenes who have provided support for the conference. Particularly 

the staff from the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Botanic Gardens Parks 

Authority and Siobhan Duffy of the CSIRO Plant Industry visual resources unit.   



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Social Functions 

Welcome Reception 

The Welcome Reception will be held in the Department of Environment and Conservation’s new 

Conservation Science Centre on the evening of Monday the 27

th

 of September.  



Registration:   Essential for catering purposes. 

Date:    

Monday 27

th

 September 



Time:    

6pm – 8pm 

Location:  

West Australian Conservation Science Centre, Dept of Environment and Conservation 

Address:  

17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington. 



Conference Dinner 

The formal Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 29

th

 of September at the 



Pagoda Restaurant and Bar, Como. Please see Conference Staff for directions to the venue. Dress: 

neat casual. 

Registration: Required. 

 

Date:    



Wednesday 29th September 

Time:    

7pm 

Location:  



Pagoda Restaurant and Ballroom, Esplanade River Suites. 

Address:  

112 Melville Parade, Como 

Informal Evening 

Following the Mid-conference Fieldtrips on Thursday the 30

th

 of September, there will be a casual BBQ 



and Pizza dinner at the new West Australian Conservation Science Centre.  

Registration: 

Essential for catering purposes. 

Date:    

Thursday 30

th

 September 



Time:    

5:30pm 


Location:  

West Australian Conservation Science Centre, Dept of Environment and Conservation 

Address:  

17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington. 



 

 

 



 

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Site map 

NCE

 

 



Please note: This is a non smoking venue. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. 

Parking 

Parking in the complex is free and has no time limit. Parking is allowed along one side of the ring road 

but definitely 

no

 parking on lawn areas. 



Public Transport 

Buses 33 and 35 from the City stop just before the intersection of Thelma and Hayman Rd.  

From the Fremantle area Bus No 106 travels straight up Canning Hwy. Change at Canning Bridge train 

Station to Bus No 100 and travel to the intersection of Hayman Rd and Kent St. 



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Information 

Tourist Information 

Western Australian Visitor Centre:

 

469 Wellington Street (corner of Forrest Place and Wellington Street), 



(08) 9483 1111 

www.wavisitorcentre.com  



Medical and emergencies 

Royal Perth Hospital

  

(Emergencies) 197 Wellington St, Perth (08) 9224 2244 



 

Perth After - Hours GP Clinic  

(Opposite the Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department) Corner Lord and Goderich Streets, East 

Perth (08) 9202 1660  

Clinic Hours  

• 

Monday-Friday 6:00pm - 10:30pm  



• 

Saturday 12:00pm - 10:30pm  

• 

Sunday 10:00am - 10:30pm, 



• 

Public Holidays 10:00am - 10:30pm. 



 

South Perth 7 Day Chemist  

143 Canning Highway, South Perth, (08) 9474 1958 . Open 7am-10pm. 



In case of emergency contact details  

Business hours: Department of Environment and Conservation reception: (08) 9334 0333 – messages 

will be passed onto conference attendees. 

After hours: David Coates 0439 969 404 



 

 

 



 

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Program 



Monday 27 September  

(Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday, WA) 

5:00-6:00 

Registration 



6:00–8:00 

Welcome Reception - West Australian Conservation Science Centre 

 

 

 



Tuesday 28 September 

 

8:15-8:50 

Registration 

Welcome 

 

Location: West Australian Conservation Science Centre 

8:50 – 9:20 

Welcome 


Acknowledgement of Country

 

Bob Makinson 



Keiran McNamara

 

Plenary session: 



Chair: David Coates 

 

Location: West Australian Conservation Science Centre

 

9:20-9:55 

Innovation Ecology – the restoration ecology toolkit 

for Australian ecosystems 



Kingsley Dixon

 

9:55-10:30 

Novel ecosystems and no-analogue climates: 

implications for management and policy in a rapidly 

changing world  

Richard Hobbs

 

10:30-11:00 Morning 



tea 

Concurrent sessions 

 

Conservation Planning (2A) 

Chair: Helena Mills  

Location: Training Centre

 

Soil Health (2B) 



Chair: Ben Miller 

Location: West Australian Conservation 

Science Centre

 

11:00-11:20 Bob 



Pressey 

Making the transition from regional-scale 

conservation design to local-scale conservation 

action  


Suzanne Prober 

Soil nutrients and ecological restoration of temperate 

Australian ecosystems 

11:20-11:40 

Karan Coombe- Smith 

A Big Slice of Flora Pie, the Alinytjara Wilurara 

NRM Region, managing threatened flora across 

250,000 square kilometres



 

Katarzyna Bialkowski 

Chemical and biochemical properties of the soil as 

tools for monitoring woodland degradation and 

restoration

 

11:40-12:00 Kathryn 

Steel 

Granite flora of Southern Queensland – Recovery 

planning in action

 

Anna Napier 

Rehabilitation in deep sand in a mine east of Albany

Western Australia

 

12:00-12:20 Erica 

Shedley 

Fire response of threatened flora – what have we 

learned? 

Mark Tibbett 

The curious effects of mycorrhizas on the phosphorus 

nutrition and seedling establishment in the Jarrah 

forests of Western Australia 



12:20-12:40 Andrea 

Kramer 

Assessing botanical capacity in the United States: 

gaps identified and strategic recommendations 

made to maximize conservation success 



Discussion 

12:40-1:40 Lunch 

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Conservation Planning (3A) 

Chair: Helena Mills  

Location: Training Centre

 

Taxonomy (3B) 



Chair: Bob Makinson  

Location: West Australian Conservation 

Science Centre

 

1:40-2:00 Ladislav 



Mucina 

Vegetation mapping in service of biodiversity 

conservation: global perspective and WA 

prospects

 

Kevin Thiele 

Taxonomy and the conservation community: Where are 

we at and where are we going 

 

2:00-2:20 Tricia 



Hogbin 

Progressing from single species recovery 

planning to multi-species recovery across the 

landscape: A case study from the Hunter Valley – 

NSW

 

Kelly Shepherd 



The importance of targeted taxonomy for plant 

conservation 



2:20-2:40 Discussion 

Chris 

Howard 

Do we need a more rigorous scientific process for the 

listing of threatened species? 

 

2:40-3:00 Kate 



Brown 

Managing Geraldton Carnation Weed (Euphorbia 



terracina) in the woodlands, wetlands and 

heathlands of the Swan Coastal Plain 



Juliet Wege 

Taxonomic turmoil in the Triggerplants: implications for 

conservation management

 

3:00-3:20 Bob 

Dixon 

Controlling weeds on translocation sites: 

strategies, solutions and probable short

 

term 


costs to the environment 

Terry Macfarlane 

Recent recognition of unexpected richness of Wurmbea 

in Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne rangelands

 

3:20-3:50 Afternoon 



tea 

 

General 4(A) 

Chair: Leonie Monks  

Location: Training Centre

 

Taxonomy 4(B) 



Chair: Bob Makinson  

Location: West Australian Conservation 

Science Centre

 

3:50-4:10 Ben 



Miller 

Modelling species distributions improves 

understanding of the ecological, translocation and 

restoration requirements of two rare Banded 

Ironstone Formation (BIF) endemic species

 

Judy West 

The role of taxonomy in conservation 

 

4:10-4:30 Katinka 

Ruthrof 

Ecological, social and economic filters: hurdles of 

restoration and planning for the future

 

Michael Moody 

Molecular taxonomy as a conservation tool: testing 

species hypotheses in the biodiversity hotspot of 

southwest Western Australia 

4:30-4:50 Pieter 

Poot 

Improving the success of species translocations: 

is there a need for removal of existing vegetation?

 

Ryonen Butcher 

Weighing up the numbers: case studies in the use of 

numerical taxonomy for resolving conservation-listed 

taxa in south-west Western Australia

 

4:50-5:10 Joel 



Collins 

The role of fire in the persistence of threatened 

flora in the Western Australian wheatbelt – 

Pityrodia scabra case study 

Greg Keighery 

Hidden treasures; recognising, conserving and 

rehabilitation consequences of localised variants of 

widespread species of the Perth area 



 

5:10-5:30 Rachael 

Nasplezes 

Wetland best practice in production systems in the 

Great Barrier Reef catchment 

Discussion 

 


   

 

 



 

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Wednesday 29 September 

 

8:15-9:00 

Registration 

Concurrent sessions 




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