Council in move to save habitats
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