05. July 2022
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Last-ditch bid to stop Gnangara pine removal and save black cockatoos

“What we’re saying is this change in land-use has been implemented already and has had a very significant impact on the environment.

“Clearly there is an impact on Carnaby’s cockatoos and the government has never gone to mitigate in substantial way … whether that’s native vegetation or pine within the existing plantation system or outside.”

Carnaby’s black cockatoos near a pine plantation in Perth.

Carnaby’s black cockatoos close to a pine plantation in Perth.Credit:MilesTweediePhotography

There was beforehand a technique to exchange 5000 hectares of pines as a everlasting meals supply however the plan it was a part of has stagnated and by no means been finalised by the state authorities.

The Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions was launched in 2011 by the Barnett authorities, which might assess the area as an entire and allocate all land for cover and growth long-term, however stays stalled below a brand new authorities and has not been actively pursued because the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

Save the Black Cockatoos Campaign coordinator Paddy Cullen stated a moratorium must be put in place on the plantation pines being lower in absence of a plan.

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The EPA has 28 days to reply to Dr Finn’s submission as to whether or not it is going to assess the remaining pine plantations over the mound.

But conserving water within the Gnangara system shouldn’t be the one issue going towards the removal of pines.

Global timber shortages and a ban on comparable Russian and Belarusian imports into Australia due to the Ukraine warfare has added strain on the native trade due to demand for supplies within the constructing sector.

Only 7000 hectares of pine has been planted elsewhere in WA since 2010, with solely 1000 hectares up to 2016, but it surely takes 12 to 15 years earlier than a plantation supplies its first returns by thinning – the place some timber are eliminated to scale back water competitors.

Forestry Minister Dave Kelly just lately wrote, in response to a petition calling for the pines to be left alone, that about 2000 hectares of pine timber had been reserved for cockatoo habitat since 2012.

“Regrowth in previously harvested areas of the above plantations is increasingly providing new food sources and nesting to the cockatoo population,” he wrote.

During finances estimates final month, Kelly stated a good portion of land can be bought by the federal government as a part of its $350 million plan to increase the pine plantations.

“My understanding is that [the Forest Products Commission] has already reached agreement with the Water Corporation to plant 1300 hectares of plantation on Water Corporation land,” he stated.

The opposition is doubtful of the federal government’s buy-up plan, nevertheless, due to excessive farm costs and an absence of land availability for buy.

Kelly says there can be no obligatory acquisition of the pines.

Environment Minister Reece Whitby additionally wrote in response to the latest petition that the federal government supported the idea of replanting different vegetation in ex-plantation areas of the Gnangara-Moore River state forest.

“The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has partnered with the Water Corporation and BirdLife Western Australia to plant native seedlings in Gnangara-Moore River State forest,” he wrote.

“DBCA will continue to explore opportunities for such partnerships to return native vegetation to the former pine plantation areas of the Gnangara-Moore River State forest, and create habitat for threatened black cockatoos and other native wildlife”

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