The Government will reduce the extent of harvesting in the northern Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations in order to protect the feeding habitat of the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.
State Government funding of $2.5 million, to be detailed in the 2018-19 State Budget, will enable pines to be sourced from other locations in the South-West and meet supply agreements with the timber industry.
The funds will meet the additional haulage and thinning costs associated with harvesting at alternative sites.
Harvesting will be reduced from a projected 2,200 hectares to 500 hectares until June 30, 2019 to reduce the impact of pine harvesting on the Swan Coastal Plain Carnaby’s cockatoo population.
During this time, the State Government will be undertaking an independent review of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions to determine the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for Western Australia.
Source: WA Government