Independent Living in Georges Hall

Protecting & Conserving Pimelea spicata

Pimelea spicata is an endangered species found in the area around Donington Gardens

Otherwise known as Spiked Rice-flower, Pimelea spicata is an endangered species of plant found to be present on land prior to the construction of Donington Gardens village.

Pimelea spicata has suffered extensive habitat loss and fragmentation due to clearing for agricultural and urban development, inappropriate fire regimes, activities such as mowing and grazing, increased urban runoff, rubbish dumping and weed invasion.

In keeping with the national recovery plan that was adopted in 2006 to assist in the long-term protection of the species, Bankstown City Aged Care employed a suitably qualified contractor to collect, clean and process all available seed from the existing Pimelea spicata population on the building site prior to the commencement of construction.

Greening Australia was contracted to do this work and to ensure that this was carried out effectively we undertook to complete two collections as opposed to the obligatory one.

BCAC ensured that Greening Australia deposited the seeds collected with the seed repository section of Mt Annan Botanic Gardens. Copies of the reports and receipts from Greening Australia were all sent to appropriate bodies (the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, (DSEWPC), an Australian government department that existed between September 2010 and September 2013.

We also ensured that the last report was completed by Greening Australia in June, 2012, well before construction started in March 2013.

In addition, with the agreement of all levels of Government responsible for the environment BCAC paid Bankstown City Council $170,000 to employ the National Trust to run a program of protection of another site of pimelea spicata. This was over a 5 year period.

The intention that by doing this the number of pimelea spicata plants removed will be replaced by new pimelea spicata plants grown on the nearby site. After only 2 years of the 5 years we have already replaced on the new site most of the plants removed from our site.