Added pro­tec­tion for Roe 8 wet­lands

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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