Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan
Following the formation of the McGowan government in March 2017, the Beeliar Group resolved to raise the issue of the Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan, which, as currently constituted, is seen to present a serious risk to the conversation estate in one of world’s significant biodiversity hotspots, reducing it by around 90,000 ha. Professor Jennings composed a letter to the Premier, which was then signed by seven of our experts. The text can be found here.
Senate Inquiry into the Possible Breaches of Environmental Conditions (Roe 8)
On February 16, 2017, the Senate supported Scott Ludlam’s motion for an inquiry into the possible breaches of environmental conditions at Beeliar Wetlands consequent on the construction of Roe 8. Speaking to the motion, Senator Ludlam said “at the federal level the government has repeatedly ignored due process and transparency, leaving no recourse but an inquiry into these breaches”. On the 6th March 2017 the results of the inquiry were released in the report available here.
The Environment and Communications References Committee held a hearing in Perth on February 23rd. Three members of the Beeliar Group—Professor Richard Hobbs, Dr Hugh Finn and Professor John Bailey—gave evidence to the Inquiry. Witten submissions were also provided by Richard Hobbs, Hugh Finn, Professor Philip Jennings and the co-conveners of the Beeliar Group, Professor Patricia Harris and Professor Bruce Armstrong. These are all available below: