Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Minister moves to protect Busselton possums

    11/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards has initiated a strategic review of western ringtail possum habitat in the Busselton area, following concerns raised in appeals on a recent development project.

    Although the possums are abundant in the area because of the amount of peppermint trees and other suitable habitat, they are under continuing pressure as Busselton and the surrounding region continue to grow.

    Dr Edwards recently considered appeals relating to the proposed Peppermint Park subdivision in Clydebank Avenue, Busselton. The appeals raised concerns over the potential impact of the development on a local population of possums.

    “In this case, I am satisfied that the setting aside of a bushland reserve and use of peppermints in landscaping as part of the subdivision will provide suitable habitat to assist in protecting these possums,” she said.

    “Development proposals such as these highlight the need to undertake a strategic review of possum habitat in the Busselton area, to ensure that key habitats can be protected and enhanced as part of the planning and development process.

    “I have asked the Department of Conservation and Land Management to co-ordinate this review, which also will identify areas for consolidating habitat and maintaining ecological linkages, along with opportunities for educating the community about the importance of maintaining habitat values.”

    The review will be undertaken in consultation with local authorities, relevant Government agencies and the community.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050