Environment & Sustainability
The Tamala Park Project has undergone a rigorous environmental assessment through both the State and Federal environmental processes. Approvals have been obtained under the Environmental Protection Act (WA) and under the EPBC Act to implement the Tamala Park Project.
As part of environmental offsets, the TPRC transferred 91 hectares of land, adjoining the foreshore reserve, to the Western Australian Planning Commission to form part of the future Coastal reserve from Burns Beach to Mindarie.
As part of the EPBC approval the TPRC has acquired offset mitigation areas for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo comprising 420ha of foraging habitat and 66ha of potential breeding habitat. These sites are now under the control and management of the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW)
The Council is also implementing the following environmental programs:
Prior to undertaking bulk earthworks the TPRC engages DPAW licensed contractors to capture fauna on site and relocate them to approved conservation reserves and National Parks. This program represents best practice fauna relocation and includes small marsupials, reptiles and subterranean fauna.
Grass Tree and Zamia Palms Relocation
Prior to undertaking bulk earthworks areas, the TPRC arranges for the relocation of significant specimens of Grass Trees and Zamia Palms. These are removed and stored for replanting into public open space, street verges and conservation areas within the Project.
A number of Grass Trees are available to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and other conservation agencies or community groups for use in the re-vegetation of other areas.
Rehabilitation of Biodiversity Conservation Area
The land on the east side of Marmion Avenue comprises a conservation reserve of 11.5ha. The Biodiversity Conservation Area (BCA) provides feeding habitat for the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. The area has been fenced in accordance with the approved CAMP to protect the habitat with identified areas within the BCA to also be rehabilitated.
The TPRC has undertaken seed collection from significant flora areas. These seeds are being stored and being used for on-site re-vegetation and are available to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and other conservation agencies or community groups for re-vegetation in local areas.
Provision of foraging vegetation for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo
As part of the environmental mitigation strategies the TPRC provides foraging species for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in streetscapes, road reserves and local open space reserves. At least 50% of plantings of trees and shrubs in public areas are primary feeding plants for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos.
In addition the majority of the plantings of trees and shrubs in public areas comprise native vegetation, which will promote low water use and will assist in providing feeding and roosting areas for native fauna.
Builders Waste Recycling Program
The TPRC is undertaking a Builders Waste Recycling Program which involves the collection, sorting and reuse of builders’ waste material generated from within the Catalina Estate. Recycling bins are provided to participating builders, who place different waste into bins, the waste is then transported to a waste recycling plant where the waste is sorted into 5 different categories for recycling being timber, metal, concrete, sand and plasterboard. The current recycling rate being achieved is 96% by weight and 79% by volume. To date a total of 2208 tonnes of waste has been recycled through the Waste Management Program.
The TPRC is investigating options of extending the program to include the TPRC’s civil and landscape contractors.