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Rachel Siewert Fitzgerald River park road 'environmental vandalism' - Greens Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert

Wednesday 28th January 2009, 1:52pm

in Forestry National Parks and related

The Australian Greens today condemned the proposal by the Barnett Government to build a road through the

Fitzgerald River National Park in WA, saying the plan is "environmental vandalism".

The Greens will push the Rudd Government to ensure that no Federal infrastructure funds are spent on this


"The Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in Western Australia, identified as one of

the world's biodiversity hotspots," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"These biodiversity and wilderness values will be threatened by this road."

"It is completely inappropriate for the WA State Government to use the terrible circumstances of the BHP mine

closure in Ravensthorpe as an excuse to push this road through," she said.

"The WA Department of Environment and Conservation has just spent $1.3 million fixing dieback in Fitzgerald

River National Park caused by the creation of the Bell Track.

"Constructing a new sealed road will both destroy the wilderness value of the area and once again spread dieback

in the park."

"The park is an international biosphere reserve which has huge value to the whole world," said Senator Siewert.

"This project will not add to regional tourism since it is destroying the very values that bring people to the region

in the first place."

"This is a knee-jerk reaction which clearly demonstrates the Barnett Government does not have vision for regional

sustainability and have not thought the issues through."

"There has long been an agenda by interests wishing to exploit this important park to push this road through.

Pandering to those interests shows a lack of foresight and maturity from the Barnett State Government," Senator

Siewert concluded.

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