The Inkpen reserve near Northam will not become an industrial park because of environmental concerns.
Lands Minister George Cash said an agreement had been reached between LandCorp and the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) to ensure the conservation of the bushland site.
Mr Cash said LandCorp bought the Inkpen site in 1990 for the purpose of establishing a special industry park.
Industrial plans for the area were cancelled following advice from the Environmental Protection Authority that the reserve had conservation qualities.
Mr Cash said the State Government was committed to environmental protection and the transfer of the land to CALM would ensure the site was properly managed.
“The reserve has considerable environmental significance with a diverse range of native flora,” he said.
“The land transfer will ensure the site will be conserved for the future as an important habitat for this unique flora and the local fauna.”
Mr Cash said the Inkpen site was surrounded by a vast expanse of cleared farmland, in some cases salt-affected, and the reserve was a `stepping stone’ between larger areas to the north and south.
“It is one of the few isolated bushland sites left in the area and it is important to preserve the entire ecosystem,” he said.
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