For the birds

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

The award-win­ning Eric Sin­gle­ton Bird Sanc­tu­ary in Bayswa­ter is set to be pro­tected from po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment.

ERIC Sin­gle­ton Bird Sanc­tu­ary has been re­zoned from ur­ban to parks and recre­ation, pro­tect­ing the award-win­ning site from po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment.

The State Gov­ern­ment ap­proved the re­zon­ing af­ter an elec­tion com­mit­ment to in­vest $1.5 mil­lion to help pro­tect the sanc­tu­ary and sur­rounds.

This helped the City of Bayswa­ter buy the neigh­bour­ing Carter’s wet­lands.

The re­zon­ing, part of a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion Scheme amend­ment, will en­sure the sanc­tu­ary, wet­lands and Gobba Lake will be pro­tected for flora and fauna to thrive.

May­lands MLA Lisa Baker said it was a won­der­ful out­come for com­mu­nity mem­bers who fought to pro­tect the area.

“I think most Bayswa­ter lo­cals would be aware of what a spe­cial place the Eric Sin­gle­ton Bird Sanc­tu­ary is and why en­shrin­ing pro­tec­tion for it in leg­is­la­tion is so im­por­tant,” she said.

“While we may live in the in­ner-met­ro­pol­i­tan belt, that doesn’t mean our com­mu­ni­ties need to be sparse or lack­ing in op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy na­ture. These wet­lands pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant value to our lo­cal com­mu­nity and I am thrilled they will be pro­tected for years to come.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ties was not just about build­ing in­fra­struc­ture but also build­ing more sus­tain­able and vi­brant lo­cal ar­eas.

“Some­times it’s about smart de­vel­op­ment, but equally we need to en­sure our nat­u­ral world – some­thing that brings so much joy to so many – can thrive,” she said.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said us­ing proper plan­ning to pro­tect green ar­eas was key to the Metronet plan for Perth’s sub­urbs.

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