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Greens Wary of Airport Expansion Approval

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 23 Mar 2010

Following the Federal Minister's decision on the Jandakot Airport Master Plan, the Greens are calling on the State Government to make it clear whether they consider commercial development on this scale consistent with planning directions and whether it contravenes several State policies including protection of Bush Forever sites.

Senator Rachel Siewert said "We are concerned that the Master Plan does not conform with current planning rules and I am yet to be convinced that the scale of commercial development, noise and pollution issues will be addressed appropriately."

The Greens supported calls for a forum to explore options for more appropriate location of an expanded commercial precinct to preserve existing bushland habitat.

"Like many others I have to query the need for Jandakot Airport to expand its commercial operations and some have said this is simply unnecessarily greedy," said Lynn MacLaren Greens MLC for South Metropolitan Region.

"We object to private commercial interests creating excessive profit by destroying the last vestiges of the habitat of several endangered species on the Swan Coastal plain," Ms Siewert said.

"If the company insists on commercial development it must be limited to that extensive area already cleared," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"I still have hope for preservation of the most significant areas near the airport," said Eddy Wajon, convenor of Friends of Ken Hurst Park.

"I now rely on Minister Peter Garrett to make a decision in favour of the environment rather than commercial interests."

The Greens welcome the announcement of new legislation to improve consultation.

Media Contact: Fernando de Freitas 0417 174 302

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