URBAN BUSHLAND

Urban Bushland is bushland remaining in the built up areas of our towns and cities and in areas influenced by, or likely to be influenced by, urbanisation. These precious areas of bush are irreplaceable, and have many environmental and social functions. The flora and fauna of our region are recognised as some of the most diverse in the world, with many endemic species. To keep this biodiversity we must protect our remaining bushland and wetlands and ensure they are properly managed for conservation.

Western Australia’s population is heavily concentrated in the South-West, an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.  We have pockets of significant native bushland occurring throughout our urban areas that provide valuable habitat and protection to our many endemic and localised species.

The Greens believe that:

  • urban bushland provides many valuable environmental and social functions
  • Western Australia’s unique urban bushland should be protected from inappropriate development and managed for the conservation of its natural heritage
  • nationally significant, regionally significant and locally significant areas of urban bushland should be connected via ecological linkages

Aims
The Greens (WA) want:

  • significant urban bushland to be identified and protected (see also The Greens (WA) Sustainable Settlements policy)
  • education and information about urban bushland to be accessible to the community
  • strong and effective clearing controls which preserve Banksia woodlands and Carnaby's Cockatoo habitat (see also The Greens (WA) Biodiversity policy)
  • effective management of significant urban bushland areas to protect the habitat of Western Australian native fauna and control invasive weeds

Measures
The Greens (WA) will initiate and support legislation and actions that:

  • recognise and protect all areas of regionally significant bushland
  • fully and fairly fund the acquisition and ongoing management of all Bush Forever areas and significant urban bushland
  • give Regional Parks legal status under the Conservation and Land Management Act
  • create financial and other incentives to protect bushland, wetlands and groundwater catchments in private ownership (see also The Greens (WA) Water Resources policy)
  • recognise the environmental and social importance of urban bushland when developing land (see also The Greens (WA) Sustainable Settlements policy)
  • put strong controls on sites with high risk of  acid sulphate soils including a prohibition on dewatering such sites
  • put strong controls on clearing new areas of bushland in urban areas
  • strongly promote the outstanding natural heritage values of our unique bushland and especially our ancient Banksia woodlands
  • raise public awareness of the biodiversity and human health values of urban bushland (see also The Greens (WA) Biodiversity policy)
  • provide increased, consistent support for community participation in management of bushland and wetland areas (see also The Greens (WA) Wetlands policy)
  • ensure that bushland is managed for its natural attributes and social benefits
  • recognise and address the specific risks to bushland which is located in close proximity to urban areas
  • introduce an effective regulation for the control of  environmental weeds under the new Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act

Glossary

  1. Bush Forever - regionally significant areas of bushland that contains natural vegetation and provides the necessary habitat for native fauna.
Authorised by Lynn MacLaren © 2017

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia