Questions by Greens Biodiversity Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC tonight have confirmed massive cuts to the State Government department responsible for managing WA’s wilderness and biodiversity.
“I am appalled to hear that 90 full-time equivalent jobs will be cut from the Department of Parks and Wildlife in 2015, given it comes on top of successive whittling away of that Department’s staffing and resources over many years,” Ms MacLaren said.
“A total 30 of those positions lost will be cut from the Department’s Science and Conservation Division.
“This occurs as the Government has massively increased this Department’s spending on prescribed burning.
“It is no joke to say that the Department of Parks and Wildlife would now more accurately be called the Department of Burning.
“WA is one of 25 global biodiversity hotspots, yet we are losing populations of threatened species and indeed whole species to a range of threats.
“Now, surely, more than ever, we need a robust Department to care for our wildlife and wild spaces.”