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Question Without Notice No. 966 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 October 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 16 October 2018

BEELIAR WETLANDS

966. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I refer to the Minister for Planning's media statement on 6 June 2018, which commits to further protections for the Beeliar wetlands, and I seek clarification regarding these promises.

(1) Is the area north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive now an A-class conservation area?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) With regard to the areas not included in the A-class conservation area that are being rehabilitated, are there plans to assign any conservation status to these areas to afford them some protections?

(4) If yes to (3), what kinds of conservation classifications will be assigned to these areas?

(5) If no to (3), why not; and what assurances can be provided to the community that is currently involved in rehabilitating these areas?

(6) Could the minister please provide a status update on the progress in removing the area from the metropolitan region scheme?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Main Roads Western Australia to progress the creation of the class A reserve.

(3)–(6) The state government remains committed to the protection of the Beeliar wetlands. Rehabilitation works are already progressing on land previously cleared, via a formal agreement between the state government and the City of Cockburn. The future amendment of the metropolitan region scheme is currently being worked on.