Residents start petition against development of Mandogalup bushland

Leda resident Tony Joubert at the Mandogalup site. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au
Leda resident Tony Joubert at the Mandogalup site. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au

RESIDENTS have started a petition to protect 72ha of bushland in Mandogalup from development.

The petition appeals for residents to help save the banksia woodland ecology, adjacent remnant woodland and Carnabys Black Cockatoo foraging habitats.

Friends of Kwinana Bushland spokesman Pete Olds wrote to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson asking him to refer the proposal for the Qube Property Development at Lot 682 and 52 Rowley Rd, Mandogalup to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) due to its effect on the environment if implemented.

“The public are genuinely concerned due to the rapidly diminishing and increasingly at-risk nature of Banksia Woodland Ecology on the Swan Coastal Plain and the immediate impact of this development on the allocated area of Mandogalup,” he said.

“The public are also concerned of the immediate direct and indirect impact to the surrounding ecology and for the potential of development works to flow onto adjacent and surrounding Banksia Woodland ecological communities during the process.

“Any environmental offset concessions for this proposal fails to adequately compensate for or replace the actual significant permanent irreparable ecological damage and effect on the environment that will be realised should this development proposal be implemented.”

The City of Kwinana voted at its April 24 meeting to provide comment to the Federal Government in response to two environmental approval applications received for Mandogalup.

Mayor Carol Adams said the City wanted to ensure that the environmental values of these endangered woodlands will be protected and preserved for future generations to come.

“If approved, these applications would pave the way for broad scale clearing of natural vegetation in the Mandogalup area, increasing the scarcity of an endangered woodland species and result in an environment devoid of native flora and fauna,” she said.

“The City has surveyed the community a number of times to ensure the City’s Strategic Community Plan reflects the desires and concerns of the residents of the City of Kwinana.

“This surveying consistently indicates that the residents of Kwinana place great value on the surrounding environment and Kwinana’s natural areas.”

Along with the consideration for these two applications, the City also resolved to ask the State Minister for Environment to refer the urban development proposal for an adjacent site in Mandogalup to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for reassessment.

The request to the Minister comes after the Federal Department of Environment listed Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plan as an Endangered Ecological Community under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Act in late 2016. Structure planning for the site, however, commenced prior to this listing.

“With subdivision of the site now being considered following the approval of the Structure Plan the City felt it was important to ensure that the impact on Banksia Woodlands were being formally assessed,” Mayor Adams said.

“While we appreciate the developer’s frustration at the anticipated delay the Council resolution will cause, we owe this to the broader community to ensure that the clearing of any potentially endangered ecological communities are fully considered as part of the development process.

“The City hopes that the cumulative impacts for both the Mandogalup area and the wider City will also be assessed considering the multiple number of requests to clear vegetation in the Kwinana area.”

Qube Property Developments are promoting the Mandogalup development as “a new community is on the horizon, one that celebrates the boldness of new beginnings”.

Managing director Mark Hector declined to comment.

More than 1200 people had signed the petition on Monday (April 30). To view the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/stephen-dawson-mlc-save-kwinanas-endangered-banksia-woodland-carnabys-black-cockatoo-habitat.

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