I AM a private landowner east of Sydney Road, Gnangara, affected by the proposed rezoning of land to conservation as part of the strategy to preserve Carnaby’s cockatoos.
I strongly oppose this decision as I do not believe the vegetation on my land and surrounding properties, due to a lack of water caused by a significant drop in the water table, are healthy enough now, and certainly not in the near future, to provide a sustainable food source.
Most of the banksia on my property appear to be unsuitable due to increasing dieback, poor condition and the remaining majority having little or no flowering or any significant number of replacement trees.
I also have not seen any government officials visit to acquaint themselves with the extremely poor condition of banksias in our general area.
I wonder on what information they are basing their decision.
Any cockatoos that do frequent this area do so not because of native vegetation but because a resident has been conducting a commercial daily feeding operation over the past two years.
By rezoning our properties to Conservation status, we effectively lose our land use rights and future productivity, plus the significant loss in property values, with no consultation or compensation.
To save this bird, it won’t be unsustainable banksia trees in Gnangara that will do it.
It will require a greater role by the government because it is removing an entire pine tree habitat, which is the Gnangara Pine Plantation of more than 20000ha and replacing it with a smaller stand of 5000ha in a new location.
It needs to do a lot more.
CONRAD REGO, Gnangara.