Forests Follow-Through Necessary From Government

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South West Greens MLC Diane Evers has expressed happiness at the WA Government’s delivery on its commitment to reinstate Yoondadadup Lake Jasper into D’Entrecasteaux National Park, while noting that other promises await Government follow-through.

The reinstatement of Yoondadadup Lake Jasper follows on from many years of hard work by community representatives and environmental group the D’Entrecasteaux Coalition to protect the natural environment.

Ms Evers, The Greens (WA) spokesperson for wetlands, said she congratulated the community on its actions to ensure Western Australia’s largest body of freshwater can be protected, once and for all.

On Wednesday, Ms Evers wrote to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson regarding additions proposed to formal reserves in the Forest Management Plan as a reminder of his Government’s further environmental protection commitments. 

In her letter, Ms Evers referred to her parliamentary questioning of Minister Dawson August 2020, when she queried why one quarter of forest outlined for protection remained without the statutory measures promised, as outlined in the Forest Management Plan 2014-23.

In response, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson stated that a key consideration in finalising the gazettal of the proposed additions was the outcome of the South West Native Title Settlement (SWNTS), for which legal challenges were subsequently exhausted in November 2020.

QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DIANE EVERS MLC:

“I’m so pleased to extend another deserved congratulations to the D’Entrecasteaux Coalition and its co-conveners, Andy Russell and Geoff Evans, who deserve so much credit after decades of effort.

“Today, Yoondadadup Lake Jasper is finally safe from the threat of destructive mining at the site once-and-for-all – I have been proud to support your efforts over my past four years in WA Parliament and hope to continue doing so in the future.

“The next step for this Government is to follow-through on commitments to finalising the gazettal of the proposed additions to formal reserves, as outlined in the Forest Management Plan 2014-23, now that legal challenges to South West Native Title Settlement have been dealt with.

“Now that the legal challenges to the SWNTS have been finalised, I Minister Dawson you to expedite the process for gazetting the remaining additions. 

“Promising to deliver this in the immediate future would signify the Government is serious in its commitments to protect the environment and that it is listening to communities.

“With over 200,000ha to be gazetted, but only a tiny portion of this completed so far, the work to continue our environmental protection goes on.”

GET IN TOUCH:
Hon. Diane Evers
MLC for South West
(08) 9486 8070

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