Appeal to save Hazelmere cockatoo habitat

FOUR public submissions have been received against clearing 50ha of endangered cockatoo species habitat at Hazelmere.

The species affected are the endangered Carnaby’s black-cockatoo, the vulnerable Forest red-tailed black-cockatoo and the vulnerable Baudin’s black-cockatoo.

The clearing proposal by developer Cedar Woods has been lodged under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Cedar Woods planning and sustainability manager Karl White said the four submissions would be assessed and Cedar Woods expected to finalise its responses to them in the next few weeks.

He said the 40-business day period for the Federal Government to make its decision would begin when the responses to the submissions were lodged with the government.

The trees on the affected block at Lot 911 Midland Road, Hazelmere, had been assessed on their potential to be nest trees for black-cockatoos based on their size and the presence of hollows. Mr White said some trees had suitable nesting hollows but no active nests had been observed during the environmental assessment.