Added protection for Roe 8 wetlands
THE State Government has introduced further protections to the Beeliar Wetlands by removing approvals put in place to build the Perth Freight Link.
Main Roads applied to amend environmental approvals for the Perth Freight Link to remove consent to build a road west of Bibra Drive to Stock Road, passing through the Beeliar Wetlands.
The proposed changes will result in a reduction in the land permitted for road construction from 167 hectares (ha) to 81.2 ha.
The remaining 85.8 ha will be rehabilitated, along with the large sections of vegetation that had been cleared prior to the last election, west of Bibra Drive.
All land owned in freehold by the State Government - north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive - will be amalgamated and set aside as an A Class conservation reserve.
A Rehabilitation Management Plan has been prepared by the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group and is currently being considered by government for adoption and implementation.
Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said removing approval for the road to be built was one of the options to secure the long-term future of the former Roe 8 alignment as parkland.
“Others include the formal deletion of the road reservation from the Metropolitan Region Scheme,” she said.