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Question Without Notice No. 1009 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 October 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 18 October 2018

BLACK COCKATOO — HABITAT

1009. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the article published recently by WAtoday that highlighted the large fines issued to a wheatbelt company for illegally clearing black cockatoo habitat, and refer the minister to the Brixton Street wetlands, which is an ecologically critical part of Perth's urban bushland.

(1) Is the minister aware that there is a red-tailed black-cockatoo roost that currently has 90 juveniles roosting near the corner of Edward Street and Bickley Road in Kenwick and that this constitutes one of the most important remaining sites in the south west for this vulnerable species?

(2) Is the minister aware that approximately eight hectares of marri trees, which provide an important food source for black cockatoos, was cleared as part of an industrial development adjacent to the roost?

(3) Does the minister believe that there is an inconsistency in the response to the clearing of the black cockatoo habitat in the wheatbelt that has resulted in the imposition of a fine and the clearing that has been allowed to occur in Kenwick?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) I am aware of a red-tailed black-cockatoo roost site at Edward Street. I understand that the impacts to the red-tailed black-cockatoo at this site are currently being considered by the commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy.

(2) Yes. I am informed that the clearing was undertaken in accordance with a subdivision approval, which included environmental conditions.

(3) No. The clearing in the wheatbelt was undertaken illegally.