Mount Panorama Fauna Management Strategy

Council identified a need to develop a Fauna Management Strategy that will guide adaptive management of large fauna and introduced terrestrial species within the Mount Panorama Precinct.

“This strategy is to ensure sustainable fauna population and land management in a manner that allows for continued motor sport, tourism and agricultural activities and maintains ecological processes, as well as improving knowledge in regards to population dynamics and effective management techniques.

The Mount Panorama Precinct also contains White Box - Yellow Box - Blakeley’s Red-gum Woodland which is classed as an Endangered Ecological Community. Therefore, an understanding of the impact of large grazing fauna on the survival and regeneration of native flora species also needs to be determined.”

Council engaged Anne Kerle, a consulting ecologist to develop the strategy. In order to provide baseline data upon which the strategy would be based, surveys of large native mammal species, one bird species and three feral species were undertaken in March and August 2011. Species surveyed were the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Common Wallaroo, Red-necked Wallaby, Swamp Wallaby, Common Wombat, Koala and Emu. Introduced species surveyed were the Rabbit, Fox and Feral Cat. Vegetation communities were also surveyed to determine current condition and to give an indication of carrying capacity of the landscape.

The study scope also included a landholder survey to gain an understanding of  perceived changes in populations over time and space. This survey was undertaken in March 2011. Key stakeholders including the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, landholders and the Boundary Road Reserve Landcare Group were consulted during the development of the strategy.

The Mount Panorama Fauna Management Strategy was adopted by Council as a working document on 15 August 2012.

A summary document of the strategy is available here.

The full strategy will be available electronically via this webpage soon.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

Based upon these findings, some of the main recommended actions of the strategy include:

Council intends to adopt some of the recommendations immediately (additional temporary fencing, increased monitoring during race events) and will soon be working towards developing collaborative partnerships with landholders and stakeholders to ensure the ongoing sustainable management of flora and fauna within the Mount Panorama precinct.