CAUSE FOR SHAME
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.
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