Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC has blasted Main Roads for reckless destruction of the environment after confirming that a rare king jarrah destroyed on Main Roads land in Coolbellup last month was listed as ‘Conservation Significant’ because it provided habitat for endangered black cockatoos.
“A fauna survey prepared as part of the Roe 8 Public Environment Review identified this tree in 2011 as ‘Conservation Significant’ because of its size, height and the fact it had more than five hollows, which Carnaby’s and red-tailed forest black cockatoos could use for nesting,” Ms MacLaren said.
“The same survey also identified more than 750 conservation Significant Trees in the path of Roe 8, but only five per cent of these had hollows that are potentially suitable for black cockatoos.
“Furthermore, of those five per cent, only 12 had as many hollows as this tree, meaning it was a very ecologically significant tree.
“I am appalled that Main Roads was happy to order this tree’s destruction on the informal advice of tree lopping firm which apparently had zero qualifications in either arboriculture or conservation.
“As a Government agency, Main Roads has set an appalling example to developers and private landowners.
“The destruction of this tree, estimated to be hundreds of years old, has touched a nerve with the public right across the metropolitan area.
“I call on the Environment Minister to investigate how this tree, which was posing no danger to anyone according to independent examinations by qualified arborists, was destroyed.
“By sitting on its hands over this high profile example of wanton environmental destruction by a government agency, the Government will only further deepen public cynicism about its attitude towards our environment.”