Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Balranald/Hay local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
397,700 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
153,300 ha (39%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
8,900 ha (6%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
33,130 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
139,400 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
46,600 ha (33%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
4,300 ha (9%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
11,100 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Black Box woodlands, White Cypress woodlands, Mulga Woodlands,Mallee woodlands, River Red Gum forests, Lignum shrublands, Chenopodshrublands, Native grasslands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Natural grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains (CE)
Lowland Murray River aquatic ecological community (N)


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Macommon Lake, Ganaway Lake, Dundomallee Lake, Tori Lake, Paika Lake.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
63,900 ha (16%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
282 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
120 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
27,000 ha (19%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
282 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
138 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Murrumbidgee River, Merrowie Creek, Uara Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
723 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
18,436 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Oolambeyan National Park


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

 Animals: Black Swan, Echidna, Emu, Koala, Malleefowl, Murray Cod, Plains Wanderer, Peregrine Falcon, Platypus, Red Kangaroo, Regent Parrot, Shingleback, Tawny Frogmouth, Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Plants: Brigalow, Old Man Saltbush, River Red Gum, Slender Darling Pea, Weeping Myall.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Black Falcon (N), Blue-billed Duck (N), Caspian Tern (M), Grey Falcon (N), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Hanley’s River Snail (N); Koala (V), Murray Cod (V), Plains Wanderer (CE), Regent Parrot (V).

Plants: Lanky Buttons (N), Winged Peppercress (E), Yellow Gum (N).

Commonwealth Listing: V = Vulnerable; E = Endangered; CE = Critically Endangered; M = Migratory State listing; N = listed as threatened in NSW; Q = listed as threatened in Queensland;