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Submitted on 7/02/2013
Updated on 12/2/2013

If the development of the proposed South Pinjar and Jandabup industrial sites,( area 12km2), can raise hundreds of millions of dollars how much money can be made from 220km2?.....


If revenue raising is the primary motive for pushing ahead with the proposed South Pinjar and Jandabup industrial sites then the elephant in the room is the 220 square kilometres of state forest that is currently being felled within the Priority One Public Drinking Resource area of the Gnangara Mound (P1 Water Boundary). This is leaving vast tracts of crown land stripped of its vegetation ripe for development, well that is, if it didn’t lie within the P1 Water Boundary.

The proposed South Pinjar and Jandabup industrial sites make up around 5.5% of this land and the government isn’t letting the public know what they are going to do with the rest of the 220km2 till after the State Elections.

The last time this P1 Water Boundary was redrawn was 2001, and its redrawing was based on an in-depth investigation by a bipartisan parliamentary select committee. The depth of the investigation was lauded around the world and the boundary was re-drawn after a thorough scientific investigation. Residents located virtually next door to the proposed South Pinjar site had their land resumed, the last residents leaving in 2001.

The committee said under - Conflicting Demands for Land Use

“………Recent proposals to rezone rural land and build new roads have identified other environmental constraints and social issues which increase the pressure for development on groundwater mounds. Areas such as parts of the Gnangara Water Reserve, which is used to grow pine trees, and is in State ownership, are seen as prime development sites. As the land has no native bushland, wetlands and private ownership (it is Government owned), the process of rezoning would seem easy. In addition, various State Government agencies have anticipated high returns from selling this State land for development. When combined, all of these forces place considerable pressure on those agencies responsible for the protection of water quality and quantity to justify the retention of land for water protection. Current inter-agency relationships have failed to satisfactorily resolve these conflicting demands and the Select Committee has been given the responsibility by Parliament to investigate this issue and make recommendations to satisfactorily resolve the conflicts.”

The Select Committee on Metropolitan Development and Groundwater Supplies Report 1994 Page 76
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CREW… We believe the government is doing the very things this Select Committee was warning everyone not to do, this is why CREW is calling for another Select Committee to investigate what should happen to the 220km2 of crown land cleared of pine trees.

Why are the pines being removed?

Through lowering rainfall and increase population growth, successive governments have been drawing more water from this valuable water resource than nature was able to replenish. It still provides Perth with around half of its drinking water. This has led to a declining water table, and will cause groundwater wetlands and lakes like Lake Joondalup to dry up, and in general cause environmental mayhem if the issue is not addressed. Because the pines drank a lot more water than native vegetation, the decision was made to remove them to raise the water table and heal past damage.

The question that begs answering is how much more damage will be done to this precious water source by placing industry on top of it?


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