Kalamunda makes submission over Green Growth plan

Kalamunda makes submission over Green Growth plan

THE Shire of Kalamunda has made a submission to the State Government about the effects on the Darling Range from a proposed ‘Green Growth Plan for Perth and Peel’.

THE Shire of Kalamunda has made a submission to the State Government about the effects on the Darling Range
from a proposed ‘Green Growth Plan for Perth and Peel’.

The proposal involves clearing 90,000ha of bushland for development.

Kalamunda resident Peter Forrest said the overall draft plan squeezed out much of the remaining unique indigenous natural biodiversity.

“I am disappointed that council has not sought comment from the community relating to this plan, which was open for comment since December 2015,” he said.

“In this region natural biodiversity has been a major feature of the area and its character.

“The plan replaces it with inevitably treeless urban development to accommodate a doubling of the population, without even once asking if this is really the most sensible site for a city.”

“Native vegetation in the shire which has covered 70 per cent of the land mass in this world-renowned ‘biodiversity hot spot’ has been poorly managed by a planning commission addicted to what they call “high level planning guidance that ignores just how that is managed at the local level,” Mr Forrest said.

An outline of the plan is at www.dpc.wa.gov.au/greengrowthplan.