Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley, recently made the decision to list the lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community, in the Endangered Category under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The listing is effective as of Friday 26 November 2021. The area included is the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, from around Ingham (just south of the Cardwell Range) in the south to north around Cape Tribulation.
Each year on behalf of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment invites public nominations for items that merit listing as threatened under national environment law. The Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion was nominated for listing as a threatened ecological community in 2017 and was prioritised for assessment that year.
The Committee’s assessment and advice to the Minister for the Environment was due before 30 July 2021.