Special Rural under threat at Gnangara.
Rare wildlife, fauna, Bird life from black cockatoo’s to endangered bandicoots. Absolute disgrace.
People bought a lifestyle here with a list of conditions now the government just move the goalposts. NOT ON.
Policies and rules ignored. Zoning mean nothing anymore.
August 2016 Gnangara residents attended a hearing by the WAPC with 30 plus people from the department including developers in attendance. Residents were allowed only 2 speakers to speak for a total of 5 minutes to put our views across to try and save our special rural area of over 200 blocks. We have already condemned their GG Plan and DAP and this involved proposed urbanisation of good bushland and wildlife and condemn it to another concrete wasteland.
Fight on good people and thank you for letting us join in.
Chris Webb, on behalf of the Gnangara Residents Action Group.
Residents of Pennygum Estate purchased their one hectare properties around the year 2000. They were told to plant natural corridors for fauna and the majority of them had to build expensive sand pads and eco-sewage systems because of the closeness of the water table. When residents bought into the newly approved special rural subdivision they naturally believed that this was the type of eco – planning that was going to be the norm for the area. Most properties have recently been established at considerable expense for the purpose of the residents desired lifestyle.
Representing the Gnangara Residents Action Group, Cathy Broadbent told councillors native bird, reptile and marsupial life, including the threatened Carnaby’s Cockatoo, used the area for food foraging, shelter, nesting and reproduction.
“It’s our opinion that this land where we are in Gnangara should be retained as semi-rural with the existing guidelines remaining in place for the preservation of native flora and the resulting fauna within this area,” she said.
She said it would also help to mitigate ‘urban heat island effect’.
“Subdivision for urban expansion will only serve to exacerbate the heat from urbanisation,” she said.