Canning council to turn East Cannington lot into public open space

Canning council to turn East Cannington lot into public open space

CANNING Council has voted to turn a block of land in East Cannington into public open space.

The council approved the purchase of the 1900sq m land at 147-151 Gerard Street, which had been identified as an area of priority conservation.

The City’s Local Biodiversity Strategy had identified the land as significant because it contained banksia woodlands which provided habitat to more than 20 nationally threatened species such as Carnaby’s and forest red-tailed black cockatoos.

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Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the decision to purchase the whole parcel of land was a step towards the City’s goal of providing natural areas for people and wildlife.

“We aspire to appropriately manage local natural areas to reduce threats to biodiversity, increasing the distribution and abundance of fauna, and restoring native vegetation to cover a minimum of 10 per cent of native vegetation in the City,” he said.

“We know it is much more cost effective and ecologically viable to maintain bushland than to re-establish it.”

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