Lack of Due Diligence in Broome Environmental Surveys

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has renewed calls for the State Government to halt land clearing for an industrial estate on the outskirts of Broome, this time to ensure there is no damage to the Cable Beach Ghost Gum (Corymbia paractia) dominated Priority 1 Ecological Community.

“The information emerged this week as conservationists and scientists were taking a closer look at ways of protecting the Bilby habitat,” Mr Chapple said.

“The question needs to be asked: what were the agencies who provided approvals for the clearing thinking?

“The late discovery of not one but two species listed as Vulnerable, in an area already approved for clearing, shows a lack of due diligence on the part of all agencies involved,” Mr Chapple said.

Cable Beach Ghost Gums are an extremely restricted Eucalypt species and endemic to the Broome area.

The rarity of the Greater Bilby and Cable Beach Ghost Gum, inappropriate land clearing, weeds and fires were among the greatest threats to their survival.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255

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