Wetlands safe

BAYSWATER council has ensured no private construction can take place on the environmentally-sensitive Carter Wetlands, located beside Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.

Part of the privately-owned block was bulldozed last year to make way for a development next door, but now the city’s using $2 million of its own reserves cash and $1.5m of state government money to buy and restore the wetlands, with settlement expected by the end of October.

Bayswater mayor Barry McKenna said the purchase secures the future of the environmentally-sensitive area, which is host to native fauna like quacking frogs, red-tailed black cockatoos and the rufus whistler.

“No private construction or development can now take place on the site and that’s critical,” Cr McKenna says.

“This seasonal wetland not only supports the neighbouring bird sanctuary, but it also provides habitat for endangered oblong turtles, seven species of frogs, and many native birds that struggle to find suitable breeding areas in populated neighbourhoods.

“With urban infill taking place across metropolitan Perth, natural spaces such as the Carter’s wetland are disappearing at an ever increasing rate. Council’s purchase of the wetland on behalf of our community means this natural area is secure.”

Maylands MP Lisa Baker says “I have been involved with this fight since day one and joined the community in their justified outrage when the bulldozers rolled onto the site last year.”

“It is fabulous that the purchase of Carter’s wetlands in Bayswater has finally taken place after over a year of campaigning.

“Probably the important election commitment we made in Maylands, the McGowan Government secured $1.5m for the project to ensure this invaluable community asset is maintained.”

“I hope we can now look to the future maintenance and vegetation works at the site to complement the adjoining Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.”

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