- Bayswater's Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary now protected after rezoning
- Change from Urban to Parks and Recreation will protect diverse bird species
- Key election commitment follows $1.5m investment in purchasing private land
Bayswater's Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary will be protected for future generations after the State Government approved its rezoning from Urban to Parks and Recreation.
The rezoning follows the McGowan Government's election commitment to invest $1.5 million to help protect the sanctuary and surrounds.
These funds enabled the City of Bayswater to purchase the 26.65 hectare parcel of land surrounding the sanctuary from a private landowner in October 2017.
The rezoning approval will ensure this land, which includes the wetlands and nearby Gobba Lake, will have adequate protections in place to ensure the local flora and fauna can thrive for the long term.
The change of zoning, part of an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme, aligns with State Government plans for the region, which outline the need to protect and enhance the city's green network spaces as urban density increases.
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Building on our commitments to improve communities for WA residents isn't just about literally building infrastructure, it's about building better, sustainable and more vibrant local areas.
"Sometimes it's about smart development, but equally, we need to ensure our natural world - something that brings so much joy to so many - can thrive.
"Using proper planning to protect areas like the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary isn't just good for the environment; green spaces are also key to our METRONET plan for Perth's suburbs."
Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:
"This is a wonderful outcome for the local community who has fought tirelessly to protect this area.
"I think most Bayswater locals would be aware of what a special place the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is, and why enshrining protection for it in legislation is so important.
"While we may live in the inner-metropolitan belt, that doesn't mean our communities need to be sparse or lacking in opportunities to enjoy nature. These wetlands provide significant value to our local community and I am thrilled they will be protected for years to come."
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