Environmental impacts of Perth Waterfront Project should be properly assessed

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens spokesperson on planning, has criticised the decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today not to assess the Perth Waterfront proposal.

“A project of such significance and scale along the city’s waterfront should be properly assessed for any potential environmental impacts by the EPA,” said Ms MacLaren.

“This is a unique opportunity to reshape the city-river connection. Perth deserves a firm commitment to deliver public infrastructure and a proper environmental assessment.”

“A wide range of groups have raised concerns that the Waterfront plan is overscale and will harm the heritage and amenity value of the area. The fact that the EPA will not be formally assessing the project raises additional concerns about its potential environmental impacts,” said Ms MacLaren.

“Concerns have been raised regarding the impacts of the project on river life. The river’s resident population of dolphins are already under stress. There may also be impacts to invertebrates and fish. These impacts need to be properly assessed to ensure that any potential adverse effects can be properly managed,” said Ms MacLaren.

“The Waterfront Project is the first cab off the rank for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. The risk is that this powerful body will be a law unto itself. The fact that the EPA isn’t assessing the project might be a dangerous sign of things to come,” concluded Ms MacLaren.