Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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