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Save the environment and black cockatoos

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A significant reserve in the Darling Ranges, Serpentine, Western Australia, with an area of over 1.2 million square meters, providing habitat to three species of threatened Black Cockatoos as well as Quenda, and containing one declared rare flora species and three priority listed flora species, is under threat.

This habitat will be destroyed under a plan by the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire to commercially mine for gravel on land earmarked to be incorporated into the adjoining Serpentine National Park.

The proposal, buried in the Shire’s “Scrivener Road Gravel Reserves Draft Management Plan”, calls for 100,000 tonnes of gravel to be mined every year from the site by a commercial operator. This will involve ripping and crushing the bedrock. The plan can be found on the Council’s website:

http://www.sjshire.wa.gov.au/management-plans/

The Reserve is home to the largest known breeding colony of Forest Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoos and is one of the few habitats where all three protected Black Cockatoos breed. Western Australia is the only place in the world where these Cockatoos live, and over the past 100 years their habitat has been eroded.

Black Cockatoos use the hollows of Marri and Jarrah trees for nesting. Suitable trees are on average, 220 years old. Such suitable habitats have, over the years, been lost to development, fire and Jarrah dieback disease. This Reserve is an ideal site for the Black Cockatoos with over 1,000 estimated trees suitable for nesting, and mostly free of Jarrah dieback disease.

The Reserve is also the only conservation corridor linking the Eastern and Western sections of the Serpentine National Park together. Additionally, there are three Conservation Wetlands in the area, one being virtually across the road from the Reserve, and another only 320 meters away. These wetlands and the surrounding natural springs are under risk from mining as the Reserve sits at a higher elevation.

Ultimately if commercial gravel mining commences at this Reserve we will see this beautiful habitat destroyed and a sanctuary for many species ruined. It will also adversely impact the surrounding Serpentine National Park.

The proposal also raises significant road safety issues for local residents and for visitors to the National Park through the use of a winding narrow steep road that falls significantly short of meeting minimum safety standards for 6,500 truck movements per year.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale should carefully consider the significant environmental, amenity and safety issues associated with these operations and reject this proposal and any form of mining on the Reserve.

We urge you to sign the petition in supporting the call to stop mining on the Scrivener Road Reserve. We also encourage you to make a submission to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale before the deadline for public comment (31 December 2015) by email;    info@sjshire.wa.gov.au

For more information on the proposal and the campaign, please email: stop.mining.on.scrivener.road@gmail.com



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