This submission is from the Platypus Conservation Initiative (PCI), based at the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Sydney. This submission provides recommendations on the Draft Plan of Management and Draft Planning Consideration relating to the management of platypuses within Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area. We follow the structure of the draft plan of management, commenting on the sections where we recommend platypuses should be considered.
Recommendation 1: Acknowledge the conservation importance of platypus as a key natural asset and explicitly integrated within the plan pf management.
Recommendation 2: Recreational impacts on freshwater ecosystems need to be minimised.
Recommendation 3: Pollution impacts on freshwater ecosystems, including run-off and fishing tackle, need to be managed.
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