Coun­cil favours park ex­pan­sion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

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.

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