La­bor must act on bush re­ten­tion prom­ises

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | Opinion - Diane Evers MLC WA Greens tourism spokes­woman

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.

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