BANKSIA WOODLAND IS A STATE TREASURE
THE Commonwealth Government has once again demonstrated its total lack of interest in protecting our natural heritage by recently approving the clearance of several hectares of Banksia woodland in excellent condition near Perth Airport’s domestic terminal.
Banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain were declared a threatened ecological community under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) by Commonwealth Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg on September 16 last year.
But this bestowed no additional protection on the banksia woodland remnant near Redcliffe and this very distinctive WA flora and fauna habitat is to be replaced by yet another retail outlet that could have been sited somewhere else.
It was sad to see the distressed small native bird populations displaced by the destruction of their habitat and it may not be long before there are very few such populations remaining on the Coastal Plain.
Now Perth Airport is proposing to divert the southern main drain to the edge of the airport boundary along Tonkin Highway to make more room for the development.
This will involve the clearing of another two hectares of irreplaceable banksia woodland in a district that has virtually none remaining.
To my knowledge, this clearing work has not been opposed by the City of Belmont despite its shameful record of failing to protect trees generally.
It is my view that spin has replace substance with respect to environmental protection at every level of government and it reflects very badly on contemporary society.
A ban on the clearing of banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain is long overdue and one would have thought the belated declaration of its threatened status would mean there would be a presumption against further clearing on the party of our environmental regulators.
Is it too much to ask that they actually do something in the interests of protecting our natural heritage? KEVIN MCLEAN, Redcliffe.
One hundred million dollars per annum will be generated from freight charges and truck operators will benefit from improved fuel, productivity and maintenance efficiencies.
The major barrier to the growth of Fremantle Port is road connectivity.
Once linked to Fremantle, Roe Highway will allow the port’s capacity to immediately double and enable further port upgrades to occur.
The alternative option to build a new outer harbour would cost over $10 billion. JIM REDDYHOUGH, Willeton.