Save Wetlands members in protest
Group claims cockatoo habitat under threat
SAVE the Great Brixton Wetlands members gathered outside the City of Gosnells’ council chambers last Tuesday night to protest against Linc Property’s nearby development.
Protesters set up before the meeting to voice their concerns about the development in precinct 3A of the Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area, located close to the wetlands.
The group protested the proposed clearing of land within the precinct, which includes part of a major forest red-tailed black cockatoos roosting site. The Great Cocky Count 2018 established the wetlands were home to the fourth-largest roost of forest red-tailed black cockatoos in the Perth-Peel region.
Protest organiser Paddy Cullen said the wetlands were a global biodiversity hotspot and must be protected.
“Not just a Gosnells hot spot, not just a Perth hot spot, not just an Australian hot spot – it’s a global hot spot. We need to preserve it,” he said.
“We don’t see why we can’t have an environmentally-friendly development. We’re not against development, but we want it to be a showcase of all that can be done well.”
Mr Cullen said the group wanted to protect the cockatoo roost from the clearing of land. It was also concerned about the development’s proposed ‘pit and pipe’ drainage.
“They’re talking about drainage that will take water away from the wetlands; we want an infiltration system which has been used successfully at the Perth Stadium,” he said.
“It will save the ratepayers money, as well as saving a home full of beautiful, incredible birds.”
Linc Property previously released a statement which said it was wary of impacting the wetlands and a conservation strategy for the cockatoo roost was awaiting approval from the Department of Environment and Energy.
Save the Great Brixton Wetlands protesters outside the City of Gosnells council chambers.