THE Bayswater wetlands saga is set to come to a close, after the State Government today announced $1.5 million would be provided to buy the Carter’s wetlands.
The site has been in the public spotlight since July last year after bulldozers took to the wetlands. The community was unaware of the WA Planning Commission’s (WAPC) approval of the Skipper’s Row subdivision, which abuts the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the new Government would honour its pre-election commitment by June 30 and match the City of Bayswater’s $1.5 million pledge to buy lot 14.
She acknowledged the passionate commitment of the community in its fight for Carter’s land.
“This has resulted in a positive outcome that balances the needs of the community, the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and land-owners,” Ms Saffioti said.
“I saw first-hand the value the local community places on this area and I am committed to ensuring that it continues to be a community asset for everyone to enjoy.”
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said it was the “most opportune time” to link the two halves of the wetlands.
“What we know will now be progressed will be the assessment of this wetlands; it’s a low criteria,” she said.
“We really need the department to up its game and reassess all metropolitan wetlands.”
The WAPC is currently considering a request by the City of Bayswater to extend the parks and recreation reservation on the Bayswater foreshore to include lot 14.
The former government did not provide a decision on the City’s requests for funding, or the requested Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment and Planning Control area before it entered caretaker mode.