John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Development must be in accordance with environmental approvals

    10/07/2006 1:30 PM

    Great Southern Minister John Bowler has reaffirmed the State Government’s commitment to sustainable development as the region expands.

    Mr Bowler said while the recent State of the Environment report had raised some concerns in relation to potential threats to the local environment, any development in the Great Southern would be subject to strict environmental assessments and conditions.

    “The Carpenter Government is eager to see development in the Great Southern proceed, benefiting the entire State, but it must be done in accordance with appropriate environmental approvals,” Mr Bowler said.

    ”Albany has a blossoming future, with the advancement of the proposed Grange Resources development and establishment of the Mirrambeena Timber precinct and these projects will be required to adhere to any environmental approval requirements.

    “I am quietly confident of helping create many more jobs in the Albany region with these exciting developments.”

    The Minister said some people conveniently forgot that Albany was a port first and foremost and without the port, many of the industries and jobs in the hinterland would be placed at risk.

    He praised the Albany Port Authority for its responsible planning and management.

    Albany MLA Peter Watson said progress was needed in the Great Southern but the natural environment also needed to be maintained.

    “I am sure there is a mix that can be secured, balancing the needs of development and the environment,” Mr Watson said.

    “As a Government, we have to go forward and help to create local jobs for our young people and ensure the whole community benefits.”

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