Council favours park expansion
A BID to extend the Greater Kingston National Park between Manjimup and Bridgetown has won in-principle support from Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council.
A motion calling for the Kingston Fauna Habitat Zone to be added to the National Park was unopposed when the council met on Thursday, shire chief executive Tim Clynch confirmed.
The vote followed a letter from the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Friends of the Forest asking council’s support to have the zone, and possibly Warrup forest, included.
The areas were excluded from the National Park set up in 2004 because timber in them was deemed too valuable, Friends of the Forest president Richard Wittenoom told the council.
“People in Bridgetown are becoming horrified at the truckloads of large logs going through Hampton Street every day,” he said on Friday.
Conservationists want to extend the national park because of concerns that the Kingston habitat zone offers protection only under the forest management plan.
“This 42sq km area contains some of the best remaining forest and it is important that it be kept intact for the future,” Mr Wittenoom said.
“Preserving this area links up the arms of the National Park.
“By including Warrup, even after present logging is completed, this will ensure a worthwhile National Park can be preserved for the future.”
Mr Wittenoom has invited council representatives to join conservationists and Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire on tour of the area in early June.
The parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Water, Fisheries and Forestry will be administering the forests, Mr Wittenoom said.