Talk to the animals: Town of Canning to seek expert advice for flora and fauna policy review

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The Town of Canning wants to hear from animal experts as part of a review of its flora and fauna conservation policy.

The review follows outrage from upset residents over advice given to the council that up to 300 kangaroos enclaved in the area planned for a new Jandakot East Link road should be killed.

This prompted Cr Amanda Spencer-Teo to speak out last week on the need for a review of the flora and fauna policy, which was created in 2009 and has not been reviewed since.

“The policy is well overdue for a review; having three dots in a flora and fauna policy that makes no mention of wildlife isn’t exactly the best guide for making decisions about how to deal with the city’s native animals on our lands,” said said Cr Spencer-Teo at the February 15 meeting.

“Having a policy with these objectives means that we will have wildlife impact studies and information before approving projects. Steps can be taken before clearing to protect wildlife, rather than thought about after the fact.

The council also backed his call for a qualified environmental consultant and a local animal-focused organization to immediately organize a wildlife survey.

The survey would specifically focus on the land of the Waste Transfer Station, the proposed Jandakot Eastern Link Road and the Canning Vale Regional Sports Complex.

“Unfortunately this council has inherited the issues regarding the approximately 300 western gray kangaroos that are landlocked through no fault of theirs, or ours for that matter, on these sites,” said Cr Spencer-Teo.

“In 2014-2015, when the City was under the control of the commissioners, they asked for a wildlife survey on this site. It was revealed to be home to seven species of mammals, 19 birds, 13 reptiles, two amphibians and 65 invertebrates, some of which are endangered or significant.

“The City of Melville has a Ken Hurst Park Management Plan and Jandakot has had a Kangaroo Management Plan in place for years. What has Canning been up to for the past seven years? »

Deputy Mayor Ben Kunze said it was ‘incredibly important that we as local government do everything we can to assess environmental impacts before making a decision, especially when it comes to infrastructure projects’ .

“It seems that little attention has been paid to the impact Metronet’s work would have on the animals that live along the rail corridors and this has been demonstrated with the issues surrounding kangaroos in Canning Vale,” said Cr Kunze.

“The animals and vegetation that reside on the Swan Coastal Plain were here before us and sadly as a society we have done a terrible job of proper planning that protects our flora and fauna.”

A draft of the new flora and fauna policy is expected to be considered at the council meeting in May, with the final policy to be voted on in June.

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