State of the Environment Reporting
Western Australia was among the earliest of the Australian states and territories to embark on State of the Environment (SoE) reporting. Its first publication appeared in 1992, and its second and third reports followed in 1998 and 2007 respectively. Once a leader in the field, WA now lags well behind the rest of Australia in this respect. In contrast to all other jurisdictions except the Northern Territory, it has no legislative requirement for regular SoE reporting and there has been no evident activity since its last (excellent) report was published in 2007. As well as failing our local environment, this policy shortfall means WA is unable to make a significant contribution to the development of a comprehensive national program. In this context, John Bailey, Patricia Harris and Philip Jennings have prepared a discussion paper on behalf of The Beeliar Group. It sets out the current status of SoE reporting in Australia and considers how it might be revived in WA in a way that follows best practice. The paper is available here.
Sustainable Transport Implications of Murdoch Drive Connection to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway
Main Roads WA’s Information Sheet dated 17th August 2017 provides a rationale for the Murdoch Drive Connection and briefly outlines the project timetable, land impacts and noise management. The Beeliar Group has critically analysed MRWA’s plans for the Connection and its alignment or, in reality, lack of alignment with major, relevant WA Government policy directions. Options are proposed that will meet present and future local sustainable transport needs and minimise adverse impacts on nearby precious natural wetlands. Sustainable Transport Implications of Murdoch Drive Connection to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway
The Greater Brixton Street Wetlands under threat
The Greater Brixton Street Wetlands (Bush Forever Area 387) in Kenwick/Wattle Grove, south of Welshpool Road, is the single most significant and irreplaceable floristic biodiversity and rarity repository of the Perth Metropolitan Region. The enormous biodiversity of this 143 hectare site includes more native carnivorous plant species than can be found in the whole of Europe. An extraordinary total of over 558 flora taxa, 11 listed Threatened Flora Species (three of which do not occur elsewhere), 27 Priority Flora Species,three listed Threatened Fauna Species, and four listed Threatened Ecological Communities are known from this Bush Forever Area. Nine of the Threatened Species and four of the Threatened Ecological Communities above are listed under the Australian Government EPBC Act as “Matters of National Environmental Significance”. The Greater Brixton Street Wetlands are clearly of national significance and arguably also of international significance. This statement outlines the values of these wetlands and the threats posed by the Maddington-Kenwick Strategic Employment Area which is an industrial estate that is proposed to surround the wetlands. Statement on GBSW GBSW figures, tables, bibliography
The Perth Freight Link: Facts and Fiction
The supporters of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link (PFL) have been spreading misinformation and half truths about the developments. Their aim is to discredit alternatives by the selective use of the facts. This analysis of the Roe 8 and PFL myths provides a more complete picture. It has been prepared by Peter Newman and Philip Jennings for The Beeliar Group – Professors for Environmental Responsibility.
The report can be accessed here: the-perth-freight-link-fact-and-fiction. And in booklet form: 10-myths-on-roe-8
Urgent need for action: The Beeliar Group speaks out
The Beeliar Group takes a strong stand against the destruction of precious West Australian wetlands and woodlands (the Beeliar Regional Park), and calls for an immediate halt to work on Roe 8, a major highway development that will traverse them. In so doing, we propose an alternative long-term agenda. Our rationale is set out in this paper. Further papers will follow and be posted on this website.