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Question Without Notice No. 938 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 5 December 2017

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY — LOT 102 FARRALL ROAD, STRATTON —CARNABY'S BLACK-COCKATOO FEEDING HABITAT
      938. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to the proposed development of lot 102 Farrall Road, Stratton.
      (1) Is the minister aware that the Farrall Road site contains one of only seven remaining occurrences of critically endangered threatened ecological community FCT 20c, which is a feeding habitat for the endangered Carnaby's black-cockatoo?
      (2) Is the minister aware that the proponent's Environmental Protection Authority referral relied on a definition of the threatened ecological community that is inconsistent with the approved conservation advice for shrublands and woodlands of the eastern Swan coastal plain, which states that all areas meeting the description of FCT 20c are critical to its survival?
      (3) Will the minister commit to ensuring that the proponent explores all viable alternatives to the destruction of the threatened ecological community before proposing offsets?
      (4) If clearing is permitted on lot 102, the environmental corridor between the adjacent Bush Forever site 309 and the Blackadder Creek and Talbot Road nature reserves will be destroyed. How will the minister ensure the continued viability of Bush Forever site 309?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) Yes. The site contains four occurrences of the threatened ecological community FCT 20c and feeding habitat for Carnaby's black-cockatoo.
      (2)–(4) I am aware that an urban development proposal on lot 102 Farrall Road, Stratton, was referred to the Environmental Protection Authority under part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 on 26 September 2017; therefore, it is now a matter for the Environmental Protection Authority. If it is assessed or the Environmental Protection Authority determination is appealed, I will consider the advice and recommendation of the Environmental Protection Authority.