Black Cockatoos in Kenwick

Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo Roost

Some of you might have heard of the City of Gosnells “structure plan”, targeting the development of current “rural areas” in Maddington and Kenwick. I recently visited the Kenwick Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo roost, which is located on the corner of Edwards St and Coldwell Rd. What an amazing site! I ended up taking photos close to a residence with big paddocks where I could see horses grazing and black cockatoos flying low in the background. It was a fantastic experience and I thought it was great to be able to see this in a suburb, which is after all not that far from Perth city.

However, this scenery won’t last long and the people who owns the property with the horses are worried that they might be forced to leave. As a matter of fact, this area is set to be buldozed and become a “general industry area” as stated in the Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area Precinct draft, which is available online.

Most importantly, it is noted that “it is considered at this stage very unlikely that impacts on black cockatoos (or any other EPBC Act listed threatened or migratory species) which may occur as a result of development at any scale within the subject site will result in a “significant impact” as defined by the Commonwealth DotE”.

Well, I am not sure how this could not have an impact of the black cockatoos as they are currently roosting on a site on Edwards st and feed on the trees! There is also mentions of “disturbed area of plant community in degraded condition”. Let, me think, if it was such a degraded area, I don’t believe black cockatoos would have decided to roost in this area, don’t you think? All in all, it is another sad story for our black cockatoos and I hope that the numbers of black cockatoos counter at the Great Cocky Count 2018 can have a significant impact on future development actions in this area.

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