The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has prepared a Technical Report 'Carnaby’s Cockatoo in Environmental Impact Assessment in the Perth and Peel Region', under Section 16(j) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The Perth and Peel regions are experiencing rapid growth and the population is forecast to reach 3.5 million by 2050. The EPA is concerned about the cumulative impacts of a growing city, against a backdrop of historical clearing, on Carnaby’s cockatoo.
The EPA has completed a review of the current understanding of Carnaby’s cockatoo in the Perth and Peel regions. The review has identified knowledge gaps in relation to the ecology of the species and likely impacts of threatening processes.
- outlines the known threats to Carnaby’s cockatoo in the Perth and Peel regions
- evaluates the risks to its population, and
- identifies research priorities to address knowledge gaps, inform environmental assessment, management and monitoring.
This technical report is intended to provide proponents and regulators with better guidance on the management and mitigation of impacts to Carnaby’s cockatoo in environmental impact assessment (EIA) when considering future proposals for the Perth and Peel areas.
The EPA will take a holistic approach when considering proposals that may impact on Carnaby’s cockatoo.
The preparation of this report has included extensive consultation with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) including Perth Zoo, the Western Australian Museum (Ron Johnstone), the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the Forest Products Commission, Birdlife Australia, Carnaby’s Cockatoo Recovery Team, Murdoch University, Prof. Michael Poole and Dr Denis Saunders (CSIRO).