Clearing permit granted to expand Hillarys animal beach carpark

Clearing permit granted to expand Hillarys animal beach carpark

THE City of Joondalup has been granted a clearing permit to expand the Hillarys animal beach carpark and build a path.

The application was to clear 0.58ha of native vegetation in Hillarys and Ocean Reef for recreation purposes, including a 400m-long, 4m-wide dual-use path to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The vegetation is considered to be in a “degraded to good” condition and is part of Bush Forever site 325, which runs along the coast from Burns Beach to Hillarys.

To minimise clearing, the path has been designed to follow existing levels and will be next to the carpark, while the carpark will be reconfigured to make efficient use of the area.

Works will not include the removal of trees and are expected to be completed by June 30.

Because the clearing is “likely to impact on the environmental values of this conservation area”, a condition of the permit requires the City to transfer $16,981 to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to buy 1.16ha of native vegetation with similar values.

This offset will ensure the “integrity of Bush Forever site 325 is upheld” and is consistent with the State Government’s bushland policy.

The City must also keep records detailing the actions taken to minimise the risk of the introduction and spread of weeds.

With these conditions in place, the proposal is considered “not likely to result in a significant environmental impact”.

The proposal was advertised with no submissions received.

The permit is valid from February 11.