BUSH­LAND LOST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THE ar­ti­cle in the Oc­to­ber 7 edi­tion head­lined “Bush con­ser­va­tion calls” high­lighted the des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion of the rem­nant nat­u­ral bush­land ar­eas in and around Perth Air­port.

Over the past few decades, vir­tu­ally ev­ery scrap of our nat­u­ral her­itage around Bel­mont and ad­ja­cent dis­tricts has been sac­ri­ficed for de­vel­op­ment.

With grow­ing aware­ness of so many ur­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges fac­ing the world, it is ex­tra­or­di­nary to see en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards ac­tu­ally de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralia.

What bet­ter ev­i­dence could there be than Perth Air­port’s out­ra­geous plan to elim­i­nate the two large Con­ser­va­tion Precincts that have been ap­proved in ev­ery air­port master plan since 1999?

The Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment has ap­proved an enor­mous amount of clear­ing works in and around the air­port since its pri­vati­sa­tion in the late 1990s.

How­ever, too much de­struc­tion is ap­par­ently not enough.

Any ap­proval of the re­moval of the con­ser­va­tion precincts as shown in the Pre­lim­i­nary Draft Master Plan by the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Trans­port will un­der­line what lit­tle con­cern the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment has for the pro­tec­tion of our nat­u­ral her­itage. KEVIN McLEAN, Red­cliffe.

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