Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

$2.5m allocated to protect Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat

Carnaby's cockatoos
Carnaby's cockatoos Rick Dawson
  • Pine harvesting of the northern plantations of the Gnangara Mound slowed
  • Reduced impact to Carnaby's cockatoo feeding habitat
  • $2.5 million allocated to meet timber supply needs for industry 
The McGowan Government will reduce the extent of harvesting in the northern Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations in order to protect the feeding habitat of the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo.
State Government funding of $2.5 million, to be detailed in the 2018-19 State Budget, will enable pines to be sourced from other locations in the South-West and meet supply agreements with the timber industry.
The funds will meet the additional haulage and thinning costs associated with harvesting at alternative sites.
Harvesting will be reduced from a projected 2,200 hectares to 500 hectares until June 30, 2019 to reduce the impact of pine harvesting on the Swan Coastal Plain Carnaby's cockatoo population.
During this time, the State Government will be undertaking an independent review of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions to determine the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for Western Australia.
 
Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:
"The McGowan Government is committed to balancing the preservation of our environment and a strong sustainable forestry industry.
"This new funding will ensure the State Government meets supply agreements with the timber industry, while reducing the impact on the Swan Coastal Plain population of Carnaby's cockatoo."
 
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The McGowan Labor Government takes the conservation and recovery of Carnaby's cockatoo very seriously. Extensive work has been undertaken to conserve this species and this work will continue.
"The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is implementing the recovery plan for Carnaby's cockatoos to aid the future conservation efforts of this endangered species.
"The department works collaboratively with BirdLife Australia, the WA Museum and wildlife conservation volunteers to install and repair nesting hollows, rehabilitate injured cockatoos, protect habitat, and research and monitor the species."
 
Forestry Minister's office - 6552 6100
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800