Draft sets out conservation plans

EXPANDING national parks is part of the changes flagged in the draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million, out for public comment until April 8.

The draft plan sets out to address the sustainable growth of the metropolitan area and provide streamlined development approvals while protecting more areas of land with environmental significance.

It includes the upfront Federal and streamlined State environmental approvals for future development, basic raw materials extraction and pine harvesting.

It also includes the protection of 170,000ha of new conservation reserves, including the improved protection and management of Bush Forever sites.

Another proposal of the draft plan is a suite of measures to improve protection and management of threatened species, wetlands of international significance and threatened ecological communities.

The plan provides for urban and industrial development; rural residential development; infrastructure development; extraction of basic raw materials; and harvesting of pines.

One of the key measures was the commitment to add 170,000ha of areas that contain significant environmental values to the conservation reserve system.

The first phase would create 80,000ha of new conservation reserves, while the second would see another 18,000ha created every five years to a total of 90,000ha.

The plan said those would include about 20,000ha of proposed acquisitions, and sites for conservation including establishing the Seabird Conservation Park and nature reserves in the north east Gingin area.

It also outlined expansion of Avon Valley National Park, Beelu National Park (near Mundaring Weir), Yanchep National Park, Neerabup National Park, Yeal Nature Reserve in Gingin and Wilbinga Conservation Park.

One of its conservation commitments is to revegetate and rehabilitate land disturbed by basic raw materials extraction and infrastructure development that will not be needed for any other purpose, including replanting 1371ha of pines.

For more information, visit www.dpc.wa.gov.au/greengrowthplan .

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