ERIC Singleton Bird Sanctuary has been rezoned from urban to parks and recreation, protecting the award-winning site from potential development.
The State Government approved the rezoning, following an election commitment to invest $1.5 million to help protect the sanctuary and surrounds.
The funding helped the City of Bayswater purchase the neighbouring Carter’s wetlands.
The rezoning, which is part of a Metroplitan Region Scheme amendment, ensured the Sanctuary, wetlands and Gobba Lake will be protected to ensure flora and fauna can thrive in the long run.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said it was a wonderful outcome for the community members who fought tirelessly to protect the area.
“I think most Bayswater locals would be aware of what a special place the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is, and why enshrining protection for it in legislation is so important,” she said.
“While we may live in the inner-metropolitan belt, that doesn’t mean our communities need to be sparse or lacking in opportunities to enjoy nature, these wetlands provide significant value to our local community and I am thrilled they will be protected for years to come.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said improving communities was not just about building infrastructure but also building more sustainable and vibrant local areas.
“Sometimes it’s about smart development, but equally, we need to ensure our natural world – something that brings so much joy to so many – can thrive,” she said.
“Using proper planning to protect areas like the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary isn’t just good for the environment, green spaces are also key to our Metronet plan for Perth’s suburbs.”