Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614


Suzanne Chate
NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee
PO Box 1967
Hurstville BC 1481


Dear Ms Chate

Preliminary Determination to list Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper Keyacris scurra

Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra and its members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

FOG supports the nomination and considers that the evidence given in documentation accompanying the Preliminary Determination more than supports the recommendation. Dr Roger Farrow and Alison Rowell, quoted in the documentation, are members of Friends of Grasslands.

In support the statements about the serious decline in the species: 

Dr Roger Farrow, whom we have consulted, will put in a separate submission.

In summary, FOG supports the listing of the grasshopper as it is likely that the listing will lead to further investigation and on-ground work that may lead to a greater understanding of this species and initiate activity to protect its habitat and recovery. It will also provide another lens through which to observe critically endangered NTG.

Yours sincerely


Geoff Robertson

8 June 2019