Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Central Darling/Far West local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
163,000 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
115,800 ha (71%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
16,000 ha (14%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
19,360 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
80,500 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
49,000 ha (61%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
6,100 ha (12%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
9,180 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Western Rosewood woodlands, Black Box woodlands, Mallee woodlands, Semi-arid shrublands, Saline wetlands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Acacia loderi shrublands (N).
Lowland Darling River aquatic ecological community (N).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Paroo River Wetlands, Kangaroo Lake, Nettlegoe Lake, Packers Lake, Lake Bintullia, Lake Tandou.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
48,700 ha (30%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
205 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
196 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
30,500 ha (38%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
205 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
127 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Darling River, Charlie Stones Creek, Coonalhugga Creek, Redbank Creek, Stephens Creek, Tandou Creek, Yancowinna Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
14,547 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
4,278 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Kinchega National Park.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Australian Bustard, Black-breasted Buzzard, Caspian Tern, Grey Falcon, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Shingleback, Western Blue-tongue Lizard.

Plants: Leopardwood, Old Man Saltbush.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Long-haired Rat (V), Stripe-faced Dunnart (N), Inland Forest Bat (N), Australian Bustard (N), Freckled Duck (N), Marsh Sandpiper (M), Yellow-tailed plain Slider (N), Darling River Snail (N).

Plants: Menindee Nightshade (V), Moore’s Burr-daisy (E), Purple-wood Wattle (V), Violet Swainson-Pea (N), Winged Peppercress (E).

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;