THE myth and spin continues, this time from the Environment Minister Albert Jacob about the Perth Peel Green Growth Plan.
He is disturbingly out of touch if he believes clearing at least 25,000ha of native vegetation and pine plantations is actually going to “slow down and stop the decline” of the Carnaby’s cockatoo as he claims in the report in last week’s edition headlined “Black day for birdlife”.
While the clearing of the pine plantations is generally agreed upon as a necessary action to protect the Gnangara Mound, the facts are that this Government has done very little in the past eight years to replace the lost native vegetation as pine plantation clearing has occurred.
Just drive around Old Yanchep Road or up Wanneroo Road towards Lancelin.
There has been no revegetation to replace much-needed cockatoo vegetation there.
Again, the spin tries to hide the harsh truth. This is not a Green Growth Plan.
When the plan says it would create 170,000ha of new conservation reserves in the Perth and Peel regions, readers need to understand that that vegetation is already in existence.
This is not new or extra habitat. The cockies are eating from this now, and in are decline.
Changing the label on the vegetation from “park” to “conservation reserve” does not actually mean the cockies have more to eat.
These iconic birds are supposed to be endangered and offered protection under law.
The extinction of the Carnaby’s cockatoo may well be the Barnett Government’s biggest legacy yet.
Labor candidate, Wanneroo.