They will not be moved: Save Beeliar Wetlands


Every evening, when I think it is bedtime, I am waylaid by the Facebook stories which pop up from Western Australia.  There it is early morning and the campaigners against the Roe 8 highway are gearing themselves for yet another day’s fight against the assault on their treasured Beeliar Wetlands.

15977302_10154639477444193_6096823195222870024_n Beeliar Wetlands. Photo: Jess Hall

I wrote earlier about the court cases against the Roe 8 highway near Fremantle.  On 9 January the intrepid Save Beeliar Wetlands (SBW) lost its appeal in the federal court into the environmental offsets which must be provided to mitigate the loss of the Carnaby Cockatoo’s habitat.  The court claimed it had no power to compel the state government to comply with national environmental conditions.  This seems incomprehensible and incredibly feeble.

Kate Kelly, convenor of SBW, gave a robust retort: ‘It appears that there is nobody who can hold the government to account for meeting its own conditions, other…

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