Moora District Threatened Flora and Communities Recovery Team
DEC Moora District
2 Exec Officer
Conservation Officer Flora, DEC Moora District
Leonie Monks/Rebecca Dillon
DEC, Science Division
DEC, Threatened Flora Seed Centre
DEC, Species and Communities Branch
Monica Hunter/Wendy Chow
DEC, Species and Communities Branch
Dandaragan Regional Herbarium
Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium
Nigel Rowe/Anna Southerland
Main Roads WA
Community Representative, Shires of Irwin and Carnamah
LGA Representative, Shire of Carnamah
Don and Joy Williams
Community Representative, Shire of Coorow
LGA Representative, Shire of Coorow
LGA Representative, Shire of Moora
Community Representative, Shire of Three Springs
LGA Representative, Shire of Three Springs
Bruce Eldridge/John Stevens
DEC, Land for Wildlife
Dates meetings were held
Nil. Two meetings were called in 2011, however due to poor invitation
acceptance no meetings were held.
One to two paragraph
summary of achievements
The focus in 2011 was the maintenance/monitoring of four translocations
(Acacia aprica, A.cochlocarpa subsp. cochlocarpa, Grevillea calliantha and
G.humifusa) funded by state NRM, and monitoring and survey of critically
endangered species in the district.
List of actions undertaken by Recovery Team members
DRF Monitoring and Survey
Populations of the following DRF species were monitored in 2011 Acacia aprica, A. denticulosa, A.
be Eucalyptus pruiniramis was found and has yet to be inspected and identified and also a new population
of Jacksonia pungens has been located on Bell Road but is yet to be checked and monitored.
Included in the above list were a number of new populations i.e. Darwinia polychroma (13), Acacia vassalii
Priority flora surveys in 2011 focused on firebreaks on DEC estate prior to upgrading. Numerous data have
also been collected on DRF/priority species by mining and exploration companies operating in the Moora
District, these data are provided to DEC (Species and Communities Branch) as per licensing conditions and
this is considered outside of the scope of the Recovery Team.
Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) Recovery
New occurrences of the Endangered Coomberdale Chert TEC have been mapped and included in the
Threatened Ecological Communities Database. The Interim Recovery Plan has been revised and updated and
is in final draft. A number of occurrences were visited by Niall Sheehy (District officer), Jill Pryde and
Monica Hunter from Species and Communities Branch and included liaison and discussion with landholders
and managers about the threats and conservation value of the TEC. Other works conducted included the
replacement of old fencing and the fencing of a new occurrence. The fencing was funded by DEC’s Specific
Nature Conservation Project.
Weed control works have continued at Lake Thetis (stromatolite community) with a focus on Juncus acutus
rubbish removal and track closures. Drafting of an Interim Recovery Plan for the Stromatolite Community of
Lake Thetis has also been undertaken by Species and Communities Branch.
In 2011 seed collection was aimed at Grevillea batrachioides as a result of the translocated population
being destroyed by bushfire. 208 seeds were collected over November/December from 38 plants.
In December 2011 seed was collected from Jacksonia pungens populations on The Midlands Road. The seed
opportunistic collection of Acacia denticulosa was also obtained during an inspection of “Moochamulla”
private property near Woodbine road.
Together with Andrew Crawford from the Threatened Flora Seed Centre seed was collected from Grevillea
The Moora District’s translocation program was again a focus of recovery efforts in 2011, with infill planting
location to increase the numbers of plants in the translocations that were established in 2010.
Translocated populations of Grevillia calliantha (Minyulo NR), G humifusa (Hill River NR) and G.
State NRM. The maintenance and monitoring of these and existing translocation in the Moora District was
also undertaken in 2011.
Four enclosed 10 X 10 m quadrats were established within the area that Eremophila glabra subsp. chlorella
had occurred before a wildfire in Nov. 2011 destroyed all living plants. These were put in place in order to
protect any seedlings or regeneration from grazing by rabbits/kangaroos or trampling by animals.
Liaison has been undertaken with staff from Main Roads WA, Western Power, WestNet Rail, John Holland
Group, Downer, NACC Jurien Bay Herbarium Group, various mining companies, private landholders and
employees of the Shires of Dandaragan, Three Springs, Moora, Carnamah and Coorow in order to assist these
land managers in the conservation of threatened flora and TECs on the lands they manage and through
environmental impact assessment processes.
Research has continued into the disturbance response of Grevillea batrachioides, the research was in the
form of a population census and design of a fire response trial. This trail, although approved was not
implemented due to the loss of the Grevillea batrachioides translocation in a bushfire. The disturbance trail
has now been put on hold until the translocation can be re-established in 2012. The translocation in Lesueur
NP has yielded 43 seedlings after the area was disturbed by a bushfire in 2011. These seedlings were
watered and monitored in the first months of 2012 with a success rate of 95% of plants surviving their first