WRAP media release - 5 October 2020
Westbury Reserve should not be carved out of the National Reserve System
WRAP has today called on the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, the Federal Minister for the Environment, to resist any attempts by the Tasmanian Government to persuade her to remove environmental safeguards over the land touted for the Northern Regional Prison.
"We believe that the Tasmanian Government has been communicating with the Federal Government to seek its cooperation in removing part of the Westbury Reserve from the National Reserve System, which it has been part of for 20 years.
The Tasmanian Government has pretended that a vegetation classification system is the only important consideration when talking about the conservation value of this land. This is far, far from the truth.
The fact is that the Westbury Reserve supports a number of endangered and vulnerable fauna, including Wedge Tail Eagles. The Tasmanian Government continues to overlook the reliance of endangered and vulnerable fauna on this reserve. This is not something that the Commonwealth Government can do. It is obliged to look at the site as an ecological community – not a vegetation classification.
We hope that the Commonwealth will bring a more objective and less political approach to this exercise. Given the controversy surrounding this land, it makes more sense for Minister Ley to urge the Tasmanian Government to consider other less controversial sites which keep coming out of the woodwork." said Ms Poulton.
President, WRAP Inc