Carnaby's Black Cockatoo

Question Without Notice No. 117 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 April 2010 by Hon Lynn Maclaren

Parliament:
38 Session: 1


CARNABY’S BLACK COCKATOO

117. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for the Environment:

(1) Is the minister aware of the snapshot survey of Carnaby’s black cockatoos in 2006 by Birds Australia, which found that at least 4 500 birds utilised the Swan coastal plain during the non-breeding season?

(2) Will the minister be attending the launch of the Great Cocky Count 2010 on 7 April or participating in any of the surveys?

(3) Can the minister confirm whether any of the 100 evening roosts identified since the last survey includes sites in Jandakot Airport bushland or the Beeliar wetlands?

(4) How many volunteers does the recovery project involve in its ongoing monitoring program?

(5) Can the minister comment on any progress during a strategic spatial assessment of the Perth metropolitan region?

(6) Is the minister aware that 96 hectares of native vegetation has been approved for clearing by the federal government for a controversial commercial precinct to be developed at Jandakot Airport when there is already 6 500 hectares of undeveloped urban zone land in the South Metropolitan Region that could have been used instead?

(7) Will the minister prevent any further clearing of habitat of threatened species and fight harder for urban development in a more sustainable form?

Hon DONNA FARAGHER replied:

I thank the member for some notice of this question.

(1) I have been advised of this survey by the Department of Environment and Conservation.

(2) Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, I will be unable to attend the launch. However, my very good friend and colleague Helen Morton, member for East Metropolitan Region, will be present at the launch on behalf of the government. DEC officers, Perth Zoo staff and Birds Australia representatives will also be participating.

(3) There are no known evening roosts in the Jandakot Airport site. There are three evening roosts within the immediate vicinity of Beeliar wetlands—Thomsons Lake, Yangebup Lake and North Lake.

(4) More than 1 000 volunteers participated in Birds Australia’s 2006 survey and more than 170 volunteers will be involved in the Great Cocky Count 2010. Many more people are involved in the monitoring for the greater recovery of Carnaby’s black cockatoos, including DEC staff and Birds Australia volunteers.

(5) The Department of the Premier and Cabinet and DEC are leading discussions with the commonwealth on a strategic approach to the impacts of development on the Swan coastal plain. The Department of Planning and DEC are working collaboratively on a mapping project to improve the quality of information for the Carnaby’s black cockatoo habitat dataset, including sites for breeding, roosting and feeding.

(6) Development on commonwealth land is a matter that is under commonwealth jurisdiction. The commonwealth Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts has approved the expansion of Jandakot Airport under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

(7) I am committed to the proper consideration of biodiversity conservation and threatened species issues through appropriate planning, environmental assessment and approvals processes.






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