ENVIRONMENTALISTS CRITICISE FARAGHER DECISION
URBAN Bushland Council member Heidi Hardisty has labelled the State Government “deplorable” for approving an improvement scheme for the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Site just before Christmas.
Ms Hardisty believed the Government hoped the approval would go unnoticed.
On December 15, Planning Minister Donna Faragher approved the scheme, meaning the development of 1100 new homes and retail and public spaces was a step closer.
Ms Faragher said the scheme had been approved with several modifications that would ensure the protection and rehabilitation of more vegetation within the site area.
“The majority of feedback received during public consultation was around the protection of bushland and this has been taken very seriously,” she said.
“A larger area of bushland in the Woodland Precinct on the western side will be retained and rehabilitated so it becomes an environmental asset for the residents and surrounding community.”
However, Ms Hardisty said the Urban Bushland Council and community groups had made it clear from the start that all bushland on the western side of the side needed to be retained.
“It’s an important link between Bold Park and Kings Park,” she said.
“We can no longer go on clearing. There’s less than 10 per cent of bushland left in the western suburbs; when will they stop?”
Urban Bushland Council president Mary Gray criticised the public consultation process, saying the Government had ignored technical and community advice.
“The bushland on the western side is a significant ecological linkage between two Bush Forever sites,” she said.
“They could have adjusted the layout of the buildings and retained all of the bushland.”