Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos

South Perth MLA John McGrath is seeking support from Environment Minister, Donna Faragher for a plan to protect the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos that inhabit the Kensington/Bentley area.

Mr McGrath has requested that the Minister’s department consider how best to maintain suitable habitat for the birds, which are native to Western Australia and diminishing in numbers.

Mr McGrath said: “I have concerns that the number of remnant pines from the Collier Pine Plantation, which are regularly used by the cockatoos for roosting and foraging, is declining to the detriment of the metropolitan habitat of the birds.

“I can understand the community view that continued development could result in loss of trees and other native vegetation and this is seen as impinging on the availability of habitat for fauna including the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo.

“I am delighted that the state government recently protected many areas of natural vegetation under the Bush Forever program and this included the area known as the Kensington Bushland. I am hopeful that this will be seen as a positive move to provide the cockatoos with a native vegetation habitat in the vicinity of the old pine plantation.”

Mr McGrath said; “I am not sure whether the pines actually present as a suitable supplement to the diet of the cockatoos.  It may be more appropriate to seek to replace the pines over time with native species which provide superior habitat for all fauna.

“I have asked the Minister to consider the issue with a view to ensuring the best possible outcome for the continued provision of suitable habitat for the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo.”

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