Wellington National Park given tick by public despite council concerns

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Wellington National Park
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Despite not being supported by local councils, the State Government received mostly positive feedback to its plans to expand Wellington National Park.

Dardanup shire council formally rejected the plans this month while Donnybrook-Balingup shire councillors said they did not have enough information to endorse the plans in February.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the State Government remained committed to the expansion of the national park.

“This will ensure Western Australia's unique natural environment is protected for generations to come,” he said.

“I am pleased with the support we have received for the proposal.

“All submissions are now being reviewed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, with consideration given to all comments and how they may be addressed.”

Over a three month period 46 submissions were received.

Reasons for supporting the plan included an increased level of protection for the natural environment and opportunities for developing the local economy.

Dardanup Shire Council voted five to three to reject the plan based largely on the perceived limitations on economic activity that would result from a shift away from State forest.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said public consultations demonstrated overwhelming support for the expansion of Wellington National Park.

“The handful of councillors that have decided not to support the proposal certainly do not outweigh the mass support of the general public,” he said.

“It was interesting to note that it was a split vote on the council resolution.

“The expansion of Wellington National Park is an election commitment that I made prior to the 2017 election and I intend to deliver that commitment.”

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