Dead end act

11. 17NEWSLYNN MacLAREN (right) says the Barnett government’s moves to introduce a new biodiversity act cannot be taken seriously unless it abandons its plans to build a highway through the Beeliar wetlands.

The south metro Greens MLC says constructing the Roe 8 extension—which remains unfunded across the forward estimates—threatens endangered species and habitat. Ms MacLaren wants the government to act with “urgency” to ensure species such as the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo survive.

“If we had decent laws protecting our endangered species the government wouldn’t waste money on destructive proposals like the Roe Highway stage 8 extension,” she says.

“Although some of the world’s most distinctive biodiversity is found in Australia, the most exceptional is in Western Australia.

“Western Australia’s biodiversity is experiencing unprecedented pressure because of the cumulative impacts of land use conversion, fragmentation of ecosystems, high population growth, high personal consumption levels, and changing climatic conditions.

“We need to see if the government is serious about honouring a commitment to protecting threatened species.”

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