For the birds
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.