ROE 8 hung like a shadow over people celebrating Thursday’s Wetland Management Conference in Bibra Lake, according to local wetlands officer Denise |Crosbie.
That is because the event was hosted, as it has been for 13 years, at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre on Hope Road, a stone’s throw from where bulldozers were razing trees in preparation for the divisive highway extension.
Having worked for 20 years to ensure the wetlands were at their best, Ms Crosbie said it was heartbreaking to think of what was potentially being lost.
“This is the only dedicated wetlands education centre in Perth,” Ms Crosbie said. “The Government is clearing right on our doorstep. It doesn’t send a good message.”
Despite what was happening across the road, Ms Crosbie said the event was again packed to capacity.
The theme for this year’s conference was “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”, which highlighted the roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events including floods, droughts and cyclones.
More than 1000 events were held around the world.