The journalist quoted a UWA spokesman as saying: ‘The university has met its obligation in relation to maintaining the site, including the firebreaks and fox control’.
This contrasts with the advice that the Friends of Underwood Avenue Bushland have received from two Vice-Chancellors that control of weeds and foxes would be undertaken when approval for the proposal is obtained.
Every year foxes dig out Rainbow Bee-eater chicks from nests in tunnels and weeds have proliferated through the bushland. The grassy weeds were as dry as tinder.
The university complies with the condition placed in 2010 that it ‘prepare and implement a rehabilitation and management plan for the conservation area’.
The plan is prepared but implementation has not occurred. There is a moral obligation to manage a Bush Forever site to protect the values of the bushland. This has not occurred.