Clearing presents danger to cockatoos in Brabham

A PROPOSED residential development in Brabham has applied to clear 29ha of bushland used as foraging habitat for an endangered cockatoo species.

The State Government’s Housing Authority has applied to clear native vegetation at Lot 800 Youle-Dean Road under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act.

An environmental report said the clearing would affect the endangered Carnaby’s black-cockatoo and the vulnerable forest red-tailed black-cockatoo.

About 124 potential breeding trees for the rare birds would also be lost.

To counter the loss of quality bushland, the 100ha development would retain about 9ha of quality foraging habitat as open space, including 39 potential breeding trees.

Additionally, the Department of Housing bought high quality habitat for Carnaby’s black-cockatoo on Mogumber Road in Gingin to offset loss of bush forever sites in Brabham and Kiara.

According to the report, habitat in reserves close to the site, like Whiteman Park, meant the proposed development would not have a significant impact on the cockatoos.

Greens MLC and biodiversity spokeswoman Lynn MacLaren said the amount of applications involving clearing cockatoo habitat was very worrying.

“The 2014 Birdlife Great Cocky Count found an estimated decline in the total number of Carnaby’s black-cockatoos in Perth of 15 per cent per year for the past five years,” she said.

“The main factors driving this are considered to be the harvesting of pines, especially in Perth’s northern suburbs, as well as habitat destruction.

“Through a lack of overarching environmental goals, we are losing valuable bushland, including black-cockatoo habitat, bit by bit.”

The deadline for written submissions is 5pm on November 3.

Submissions can be sent to Richard Elliot by emailing richard.elliot@housing.wa.gov.au or mailing him at level 5, 169 Hay Street, East Perth, 6004.