EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL­ISTS CRIT­I­CISE FARAGHER DE­CI­SION

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Denise S. Cahill

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.”

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