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Question Without Notice No. 142 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 March 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
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BUSH FOREVER SITES
      142. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
Under the Conservation and Land Management Act, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has responsibility to establish a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system for each region of the state. The Bush Forever program, introduced and endorsed as a whole-of-government plan in December 2000, with 287 Bush Forever areas as shown on the metropolitan region scheme map, is the CAR reserve system for the Swan coastal plain portion of the Perth metropolitan region. It was to be completed by 2010, but completion is now seven years overdue.
      (1) Will the minister ensure that a substantial new allocation of management funding is included in the forthcoming budget so that a selection of sites can be managed by the department as regional parks or conservation lands?
      (2) Will the minister ask the department to lead a process to facilitate the allocation of other land managers such as local government?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) As the member is aware, the state's budget is in very poor condition and there is need for urgent budget repair. The management of Bush Forever sites by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is considered on a case-by-case basis.
      (2) Bush Forever as a government policy is led by the Minister for Planning. I therefore recommend that this part of the question be referred to the Minister for Planning.