Why?

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in"

-Greek proverb-

BAI, the owner of Lots 802 and 803, 179 Erindale Road Hamersley (the bushland on which the Hamersley radio tower is located), proposes to develop 13.55 hectares of this Threatened Ecological Community of Banksia Woodland for residential development, requiring that 12.39ha of existing native vegetation be cleared.


Why are we trying to save this bushland?


  • 74% of this remnant native bushland has been assessed as being in good to very good condition containing ecologically threatened plant communities, providing a foraging and breeding habitat for native birds and animals including the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.


  • Most of the 13.5ha of bushland is Banksia Woodland which is protected as a Threatened Ecological Community on the Swan Coastal Plain under State and Federal environmental laws. This ecological community is found only on the Swan Coastal Plain within the Southwest Australia global biodiversity hotspot.


  • The Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) includes the Swan Coastal Plain Banksia Woodlands as a Threatened Ecological Community in the endangered category.


  • The Erindale Road bushland also contains mature Rottnest Island Pines, Tuart trees, Xanthorrhoea preissii (grass trees) and many other trees and plants that are native to the Swan Coastal Plain.


  • The Erindale Road site is an important part of the remaining Banksia Woodland in the northern suburbs of Perth, and is critical to the survival of the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.


  • Until 1999, this land was in public ownership through the Commonwealth Government, it should be reclaimed as an area of significant natural and cultural heritage.


  • BAI Communications proposes clearing 92% of the vegetation reserving 8% for public open space. This would result in approximately 1ha of remnant vegetation which may or may not be altered to make it a usable park for recreation.

  • Despite the City’s tree planting program, tree canopy continues to decline. Over the past six years the City has lost 1.2 million square metres of tree canopy with the majority caused by residential development.

  • Clearing 179 Erindale Road would result in the loss of 2.57ha of canopy cover (a 350% increase on the average annual loss in the suburb of Hamersley) and would result in the canopy cover in Hamersley dropping to 13.9% (currently 14.7%).

image by Friends of Underwood Avenue Bushland.

image by Friends of Underwood Avenue Bushland.

Perth's Bushland


"Perth is the capital of the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, one of only 34 internationally recognised Biodiversity Hotspots (Conservation International 2010). The World Wildlife Fund argues that Perth may be the wildlife capital of the world, with over 2,100 plant species, 15 amphibian species and 156 native birds , with seasonal influxes from visiting seabirds and migrating shorebirds (World Wildlife Fund 2013). Perth also has 71 reptile species and is believed to have more reptiles than any other urban area in the world, including the western swamp tortoise, which is WA’s most endangered reptile (World Wildlife Fund 2013)." http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/wetlands/environmental-concerns/biodiversity


Perth’s bushland holds a wide range of values that contribute strongly to our ‘sense of place. These values are Social, Education, Scientific, Recreational and Ecological value.


The scientific study of Western Australia’s flora and fauna has only scratched the surface. The conservation of remnant bushland not only conserves flora and fauna but often also keeps intact some of the natural landforms of an area. The “web of life” at the invertebrate level and at the microscopic level is very poorly known. The interaction between these levels and macroflora is, again, very poorly known.


When bushland is cleared, nobody really knows exactly what is being lost.


More reading:

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/banksia-woodlands-swan-coastal-plain-guide


https://www.bushlandperth.org.au/bush-forever-values/#:~:text=The%20scientific%20study%20of%20Western,natural%20landforms%20of%20an%20area.


image by Daniel Jan Martin www.wholeperthcatalogue.com