Cockatoos Need Protection in Battle with Main Roads

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren today said that Perth can’t keep bulldozing Black Cockatoo habitat and expect the species to thrive.

“Main Roads’ work at the intersection of Reid Highway and Malaga Drive is just the latest blow against habitat protection,” she said. “The loss of mature trees is unfettered. Our approval processes aren’t working to protect endangered species habitat.”

“This species is listed as endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and as rare or likely to become extinct under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

“The responsibility to protect their habitat is clear.

“Rather than having to raise the plight of habitat loss on an ad-hoc basis, activists want the Government to take on board their responsibility to assess and minimise environmental impacts when clearing for road projects.

“The future of this enigmatic species looks bleak unless stringent regulation is passed to prevent the further loss of its habitat,” said Ms MacLaren.

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