Labor must act on bush retention promises
Before the election, the Member for Rockingham provided a written statement to the Urban Bushland Council stating that he was committed to the principles of biodiversity protection and urban bush retention, and that a Labor government would implement the objectives of the Bush Forever plan without undue delay.
As Bush Forever is a plan to protect significant areas of bushland in the metropolitan region, this was a welcome promise but one that leaves me wondering why he hasn’t now cancelled a LandCorp proposal for a housing estate at Mangles Bay that would destroy 43ha of Bush Forever within Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, as well as compromise the important biodiversity of Lake Richmond and the Mangles Bay seagrass ecosystem.
I am also concerned that a yet to be publicly released Traffic Management Plan for the proposed housing estate shows that once it is built, 15,000 vehicles a day would use Memorial Drive, which would in turn be widened to four lanes. The traffic plan also states that at peak times congestion would back up for 120m from the intersection of Memorial Drive and Safety Bay Road.
This is information that should have been made available at the time that public comment was being invited but was not.
I urge the Premier to act on his pre-election promises and without further equivocation, cancel LandCorp’s plans.