In reality, it was lines drawn on a map 50 years ago with no regard to the natural environment. If it was in the way, chop it down or fill it in was the attitude.

Another comment that it is degraded farmland is untrue.

Cr Portelli bases that view on the small, lightly vegetated area on the south-west corner of North Lake Reserve. He overlooks most of the reserve that is of high quality and will soon blossom with wildflowers.

In building the highway, ‘the wetlands will be enhanced’: hang on a minute. So ripping a great swathe through a valuable wetland reserve and replacing it with a four, possibly six-lane highway, is going to improve the site.

Sorry councillor, the community is not going to buy that one.

REX SALLUR, Bibra Lake.