Land de­vel­op­ment no­tice is­sued

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

PLANS to clear 14.5ha of na­tive bush, in­clud­ing black cock­a­too for­ag­ing habi­tat, on the Ing­ham’s site in Si­na­gra are out for pub­lic com­ment.

Strate­gen En­vi­ron­men­tal pub­lished a pub­lic no­tice on Novem­ber 27 invit­ing sub­mis­sions un­til De­cem­ber 10 on the pro­posal for lot 1665 Wan­neroo Road. The no­tice said Stock­land De­vel­op­ment pro­posed to clear 14.5ha of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion for a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

It said some of the bush was known for­ag­ing and po­ten­tial breed­ing and roost­ing habi­tat for the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Act-listed en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too and vul­ner­a­ble for­est red­tailed black cock­a­too.

The over­all site is 40ha and has an ur­ban de­ferred zon­ing un­der the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Scheme, which will be lifted in fu­ture to al­low the res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment af­ter Ing­ham’s re­lo­cates the poul­try farm to Muchea.

Doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the pro­posal can be found at the Wan­neroo Li­brary and State Li­brary of WA and on­line at www.strate­ .

One said 264 trees on the site met the cri­te­ria for po­ten­tial cock­a­too breed­ing trees that may de­velop hol­lows and be used for breed­ing in the fu­ture, but no hol­lows had been recorded.

A 360 En­vi­ron­men­tal sur­vey in 2017 found 73 flora species on the site as well as two rep­tile, 15 bird and one mam­mal species.

“The site con­tains 14.5ha of po­ten­tial for­ag­ing habi­tat for black cock­a­toos; how­ever, min­i­mal pop­u­la­tion im­pacts are likely to be ex­pe­ri­enced from clear­ing,” it said.

“This is due to the de­graded and frag­mented state of the for­ag­ing habi­tat and no po­ten­tial breed­ing trees con­tain­ing ob­serv­able hol­lows.

“It is un­likely that the de­vel­op­ment of this habi­tat would in­ter­fere with the size of the pop­u­la­tion or im­pact the re­cov­ery, breed­ing or for­ag­ing habi­tats of the black cock­a­too.”

Stock­land bought the site for $53 mil­lion in 2017.

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