* Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Survey

Ipswich City Council
Ipswich Local Government Area, SEQ.

We were recently awarded a contract to examine the status of threatened Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby (BTRW) populations in parts of the Ipswich LGA. Our work will involve a review of historical BTRW records to examine possible changes in the two key range parameters Extent of Occurrence and Area of Occupancy, working with Council officers to develop a field-based monitoring protocol, implementing a trial monitoring program and designing a BTRW database.

Our capacity to undertake this work was assisted by 2019 project work we undertook on BTRW population monitoring in NSW as part of the NSW Government's Save our Species (SoS) program, the results of which resulted in development and trialling of a novel scat-based survey methodology that is capable of informing on changes in BTRW activity. 

The project is currently in a holding pattern because of Covid-19 travel restrictions and related constraints, but we are hoping to re-engage as soon as practically possible. In the interim, our BTRW survey method has been submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.