Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THE re­cent ap­proval of the 2014 Perth Air­port Mas­ter Plan by In­fra­struc­ture and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter War­ren Truss is noth­ing less than an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.

The min­is­ter has ap­proved the re­moval of two Con­ser­va­tion Precincts to­talling 310 hectares at Perth Air­port.

This will leave no nat­u­ral ar­eas pro­tected at the air­port.

It is my un­der­stand­ing that un­der the Air­ports Act 1996 and as­so­ci­ated reg­u­la­tions, air­port lease­hold­ers are re­quired to pro­tect "en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant biota" .

How­ever, Perth Air­port's lease­hold­ers are now ar­gu­ing that there are no "en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant" ar­eas at the air­port.

This is an out­ra­geous propo­si­tion and the three pre­vi­ous air­port mas­ter plans re­leased since the air­port's pri­vati­sa­tion in 1997 ar­gued that the Con­ser­va­tion Precincts did en­cap­su­late the en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant fea­tures of Perth Air­port.

The fact is we have a Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment that couldn't care less about pro­tect­ing our nat­u­ral her­itage and its ap­proval of this plan is an ut­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­grace that should make Aus­tralians thor­oughly ashamed. KEVIN McLEAN, Red­cliffe. are City of South Perth 27.52 per cent and Vic­to­ria Park 22.65 per cent.

The his­tory of voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in the last three City of South Perth coun­cil elec­tions has been a voter turnout av­er­ag­ing only 31.6 per cent.

Ac­cord­ingly, I think that af­ter six days count­ing (Jan­uary 16-23), with an­other 10 days count­ing to go (Jan­uary 27 to Fe­bru­ary 7) it is quite en­cour­ag­ing that the City of South Perth pro­gres­sive to­tal is al­ready 27.52 per cent.

Nev­er­the­less, still a lot more votes are re­quired to get to the 50 per cent.

If only 49 per cent of elec­tors par­tic­i­pate, and if all th­ese elec­tors said ‘No’, then the ‘Yes’ vote would still be car­ried. Yes, this would be most un­fair. Let us learn from the forced amal­ga­ma­tions that hap­pened in Queens­land in 2008, where four coun­cils have since dea­mal­ga­mated as they were too un­wieldy. GREG BENJAMIN, South Pe$th.

– au­tho$ Clive Jabes

via Pete$ Davies

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