Save Wet­lands mem­bers in protest

Group claims cock­a­too habi­tat un­der threat

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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.

Pic­ture: MilesTweed­iePho­tog­ra­phy

Save the Great Brix­ton Wet­lands pro­test­ers out­side the City of Gos­nells coun­cil cham­bers.

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