WA creates first oceanic marine park without a sanctuary zone

A snubfin snapped by Dr Deb Thiele, one of the scientists who has campaigned for a sanctuary zone in the marine park.  Photo: Dr Deb Thiele

A snubfin snapped by Dr Deb Thiele, one of the scientists who has campaigned for a sanctuary zone in the marine park. Photo: Dr Deb Thiele

WA has just had its newest marine park created – but also the first oceanic marine park not to contain a sanctuary zone, despite the pleas of experts to include one.

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Perth’s urban sprawl threatens endangered banksia woodlands

Banksia at Bold Park, one of the areas of remnant woodland.  Photo: Rob Davis

Banksia at Bold Park, one of the areas of remnant woodland. Photo: Rob Davis

The banksia woodlands of Perth’s Swan Coastal Plain have just been declared endangered by the federal government – but they’re right on top of some prime development land.

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Government approves wetland bulldozing based on environmental study of wrong lot

While the development is planned for both Carters and Skipper's, the environmental study was done on Skippers, a bare patch of earth.

While the development is planned for both Carters and Skipper’s, the environmental study was done on Skippers, a bare patch of earth.

Approvals for a controversial development at an ecologically significant site in Bayswater were based on incomplete environmental assessments, documents have revealed.

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Mt Lawley ‘church steeple’ tree felled for private development

A local's hopeless protest.  Photo: Supplied

A local’s hopeless protest. Photo: Supplied

A towering Mt Lawley tree described by the local heritage society as a ‘church steeple’ in the landscape has got the chop, as its trunk grew slightly over the council boundary and on to a private development site.

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‘Blinding lasers in rock wallabies’ faces!’ scientist urges tourist boycott

 

Mr Carter wants the event shifted - if not, boycotted.  Photo: Mark Carter

“Rock wallabies have young in their pouches and some are carrying embryos. It is well known that if these animals get distressed they can eject joeys from the pouch and the risk of death for those is high.” Photo: Mark Carter

 

A tourist show shooting industrial-strength laser beams into a stretch of cliffs in the Northern Territory is an act of animal cruelty that will inflict distress, and potentially physical damage, on endangered wallabies, a local scientist says.

Read more at WAtoday.