231. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to tabled paper 1189 in which the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions provided strong advice regarding the treatment of banksia woodland threatened ecological communities in relation to the clearing application for the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital site, and I note that the agency provided no comment at all on the same clearing required for the subdivision application currently before the WA Planning Commission. Why did the DBCA not provide comment —
The PRESIDENT: Order, for a second, member. It is really hard to hear Hon Alison Xamon, so I ask, for Hansard’s sake, if everyone could listen in silence. I also ask, Hon Alison Xamon, perhaps you might slow down, just in the asking of your question.
Hon ALISON XAMON: Why did the DBCA not provide comment to the WAPC regarding this subdivision application?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
The former Department of Parks and Wildlife commented on the proposed scheme amendment in 2015 and recommended that consideration be given to how remnant vegetation could be retained and enhanced. It also recommended that for any future development of the subject lots, consideration be given to protection of existing remnant vegetation and public open space. In 2016, the then Department of Planning wrote to Parks and Wildlife seeking comment on a proposed improvement scheme for the site. Parks and Wildlife’s advice was that it had no additional comment to the advice previously provided. Parks and Wildlife did not provide comment on the subsequent subdivision application as the subdivision plan indicated that the areas containing the western bushland in good condition were to be retained in public open space. This was considered to be consistent with Parks and Wildlife’s previous advice.