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Anstey-Keane Dampland - Threats and Responses

Threat 1.

 

Anstey-Keane Dampland was under threat from a City of Armadale development application. 

On 14 Nov 2014 on advice from the EPA,  Environment Minister Jacobs decided against the Application. 

WE WON!

Anstey-Keane Dampland is an Urban Treasure.

History 

Despite being well recognised as a  bio-diverse hotspot and included on the Bush Forever register, Anstey-Keane Dampland is under real threat from urbanisation. 

An extension of Keane Road is proposed.  This extension, if approved, would traverse the most pristine part of the entire Bush Forever site.  A Public Environmental Review (PER) is being prepared by the proponents for the extension of Keane Road and is anticipated to be released for public comment in in the second half of 2013.

It is vitally important that Anstey-Keane Dampland be preserved intact.  The larger an area of conserved bushland, the more viable it is for the plant and animal communities that inhabit it. In addition, intact tracts of bushland tend to have less ‘edge-effect’ from weeds, and be less vulnerable to human incrision.  

Situation as at June 2014:

 

EPA recommends against the City's application.

 

Previous history and documentation:

Letter of Referral from City of Armadale 

Invitation by City of Armadale eliciting public submissions

Environmental Impact Assessment - Project Summary Update 

View UBC's comprehensive rebuttal of this objectionable proposal here.

Situation as at Dec 2013:

Public Environmental Review is now out for public comment. 

Making a submission.

The following information will be of use to site visitors wishing to make a submission to the City.

The Gallery below (images 4 - 15) shows a series of photographs taken along the full length of the Keane Road alignment (some taken in Spring 2012, others more recently) showing the many types of vegetation and wildlife habitat that would be lost should the Keane Road extension be built.
 
Proponents of this proposed road are stating that the Keane Road reserve is very degraded and that minimal harm would be done if the road was built. As you can see from the photographs, this bushland is anything but degraded - in fact compared to many reserves on the Swan Coastal Plain, which have suffered degradation including extensive weed invasion, the native vegetation in Anstey-Keane (the 20 metre-wide x 1.5km Keane Road reserve included) is in excellent - pristine condition, and relatively weed-free.
 
As indicated on the map below (image 3), the only degraded part of the Keane Road reserve is a comparatively small area approximately 150 metres in length at the Anstey Road end. Incidentally, this damaged area exemplifies how degradation inevitably encroaches into bushland when roads are built.
 
It is important that people make an informed decision when writing their submissions on the 'Keane Road Strategic Link'. Important too is that people know what is at stake: a very rare and precious nature reserve, the value of which will be severely undermined should this non-essential road be built. 

 

 

Threat 2.

 

Unbelievably, in light of the EPA recommendation and the Minister's decision in respect of the City of Armadale's devalopment application, the Water Corporation has now applied for an equally unacceptable easement for a wastewater treatment pipeline. 

 
 
 
 

Current position as at January 2016 - from the Water Corporation:

 

"Dear Stakeholder,

As you are aware, in October 2014 the Water Corporation submitted the Balannup Wastewater Pressure Main Proposal to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). At this time the EPA requested more information to enable them to set a level of assessment for the project.

The Water Corporation, in consultation with the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), commissioned additional geotechnical investigations and assessment to gain a greater understanding of the hydrological functioning of the dampland and the impacts (if any) the installation of the sewer main may have on the hydrological function of the Anstey-Keane Damplands.

The Water Corporation intends to submit this additional information to the EPA, following DPaW’s review, in January 2016. The EPA will advertise for public comment some time in the new year.

A copy of the report is available on the website for your information. Click on the ‘What do I need to know’ tab".