Fremantle: environment report released for High Street, Stirling Hwy upgrade

An environment report on the High St upgrades had concerns about the impact it would have on the Cockatoo population.
An environment report on the High St upgrades had concerns about the impact it would have on the Cockatoo population.

FREMANTLE residents will have until January 18 to raise concerns about the environment impact of the High Street upgrade.

At the centre of the State Government plan is a roundabout at the intersection with Stirling Highway as well as a widening of the High Street median to separate traffic and trees.

An environment report released on Monday December 17 highlighted key environmental concerns, including the impact it would have on the Cockatoo population, noise and air quality.

The report stated that a total of 0.98 hectares of foraging habitat was recorded, with 0.64 ha being cleared.

“Sixteen trees will be cleared for the project, two with hollows,” it read.

“Neither tree contains hollows of suitable size for breeding black cockatoos.”

The project area includes Black Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo were recorded on several occasions flying over the survey area in flocks of two to six birds.

The report stated that “on two occasions species also recording feeding on Marri nuts.”

“No roosting evidence was recorded during the surveys and no evidence of breeding was recorded in the project area.”

According to the report completed by GHD, implementation of noise walls were expected to have a positive impact.

To make a submission visit https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/open-for-submissions/highstreet/