Gosnells council backs draft Perth and Peel plan

CITY of Gosnells council has endorsed a draft of the Perth and Peel Green Growth plan, which is preparing for the region to grow to 3.5 million people by 2050.

According to a draft submission in the City of Gosnells council minutes appendix, the City is generally supportive of the plan.

The report said the plan provided long-term benefits and improved decision making by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), State Government agencies and local government.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is currently seeking public comment on the draft Green Growth Plan, which proposes a comprehensive environmental program for the protection of both Commonwealth matters of national environmental significance and State environmental values.

At the centre of the Green Growth Plan is the Strategic Conservation Plan, which sets out the conservation and environmental outcomes and objectives that will be achieved over its 30-year lifespan.

Over the lifetime of the Green Growth Plan, an additional 170,000ha that contain significant environmental values are proposed be protected through the creation of new and expanded conservation reserves.

This will be done through two phases; implementation of an initial package immediately following the endorsement of the Green Growth Plan, of approximately 80,000ha of new conservation reserves from Crown land and State owned freehold land within and adjacent to the Perth and Peel regions.

Phase two will see the creation of a further 18,000ha of new conservation reserves in every five year period from the commencement of the Strategic Conservation Plan, to a total of 90,000ha.

This includes approximately 20,000ha of proposed acquisitions.

Conservation Reserves that are proposed in the City of Gosnells include:

1. Canning River between Nicholson Road and the southern boundary of the City, including Bush Forever sites 224, 246 and 316. The Canning River Regional Park will be extended by 10 kilometres from Nicholson Road to Tonkin Highway (approximate area 460 hectares).

2. Southern River from the Canning River to Tonkin Highway.

3. Greater Brixton Street wetlands.

4. Darling Range Regional Park, Banyowla Regional Park, Korung National Park and other parcels of Crown/ State Government land.