THE proposed Factory Direct retail outlet at Perth Airport near the domestic terminal constitutes yet another serious environmental threat to native vegetation and habitat remaining at the airport and in the region generally.
Over three hectares of native woodland, most of it in excellent condition, is slated for destruction under this proposal.
Banksia and jarrah trees dominate the woodland, there are few weeds and it has a great many species of wildflowers. It is a valuable refuge for native birds and it provides habitat for what is probably Perth’s innermost population of southern brown bandicoots.
Privatisation has proved a disaster for the natural areas at the airport and it is high time the Government required the lessee to start avoiding native vegetation and habitat when planning developments not essential to aviation.
The Belmont area has the poorest tree canopy coverage of all the council areas in Perth and the native vegetation in the firing line serves as a valuable airport noise buffer for the citizens of Redcliffe.
Approval of this plan will further degrade our local and regional environment and will only serve to further illustrate how little the Commonwealth values our natural heritage. KEVIN McLEAN, Redcliffe.