Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition threat about funding for Araluen Park slammed

    15/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan today called on Opposition Leader Richard Court to sack environment spokesman Phillip Pendal for remarks which put the future of Araluen Botanic Park in doubt.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said Mr Pendal's threat not to honour Government funding commitments to the restoration of the historic Roleystone park was a slap in the face for the thousands of volunteers who had worked to upgrade it.
     
    Mr Pendal made the remarks in a media statement issued yesterday.
     
    The Minister, who put together a Government rescue package for the park in 1990 when it was threatened by developers, said it was an important part of the State's heritage.
     
    "Only a day after the Opposition released its environment policy the shadow spokesman Mr Pendal showed his true colours and said he would not honour funding commitments to restore and regenerate the 60-hectare park in the Darling Range," she said.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the Government acquired Araluen for the people of Western Australia in 1990 at a cost of $1.2 million.
     
    It had spent more than $500,000 on improvements since then and had allocated $275,000 this financial year. A further $2 million would be spent on park improvements over the next four financial years.