Coun­cil in move to save habi­tats

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The clear­ing of veg­e­ta­tion in the Man­do­galup area was an im­por­tant topic for the City of Kwinana at its coun­cil meet­ing on April 24.

The coun­cil voted to pro­vide com­ment to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in re­sponse to two en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived for the area.

One ap­pli­ca­tion of con­cern pro­poses the clear­ing of two sites on the north­ern bound­ary of the City, which in­clude over 37ha of Banksia Wood­land — a threat­ened com­mu­nity of plants iconic to the area. The sec­ond is 39.38ha of habi­tat for Carn­aby’s cock­a­too and red-tailed black cock­a­toos.

Mayor Carol Adams said the City wanted to en­sure that the en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of th­ese en­dan­gered wood­lands would be pro­tected and pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come.

“If ap­proved, th­ese ap­pli­ca­tions would pave the way for broad-scale clear­ing of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion in the Man­do­galup area, in­creas­ing the scarcity of an en­dan­gered wood­land species and re­sult in an en­vi­ron­ment de­void of na­tive flora and fauna,” she said.

“The City has sur­veyed the com­mu­nity a num­ber of times to en­sure the City’s Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan re­flects the de­sires and con­cerns of the res­i­dents of the City of Kwinana. This sur­vey­ing con­sis­tently in­di­cates that the res­i­dents of Kwinana place great value on the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and Kwinana’s nat­u­ral ar­eas.”

Along with the con­sid­er­a­tion for th­ese two ap­pli­ca­tions, the City also re­solved to ask the State Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment to re­fer the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment pro­posal for an ad­ja­cent site in Man­do­galup to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity for re­assess­ment.

Th­ese ap­pli­ca­tions would pave the way for broad-scale clear­ing of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion. Carol Adams

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