The bushland at the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital site at Lemnos Street forms an important ecological linkage between Shenton Park and Underwood Avenue Bush Forever sites. These link Kings Park and Bold Park – two of our most iconic green spaces.
Lemnos Street Bush contains significant portions of Banksia woodland and is an important feeding grounds for vulnerable black cockatoos, which are known to roost at nearby UWA sports grounds and Perry Lakes.
Many planning documents recognise the importance of maintaining and enhancing exactly this type of local bushland. It is specifically spelled out in State Planning Policy 2.8, which states that proposals or decision-making should “proactively seek to safeguard, enhance, and establish ecological linkages between Bush forever areas.”
The importance of this particular area is spelled out in the Capital City Planning Framework documents, which say that any further loss of bushland in this area risks the viability of both linked Bush Forever sites.
I have been working closely with the Bush Not Bricks group and I share the community’s concerns that no attempt has been made to design the proposed Montario Quarter development in line with policies, strategies and frameworks around bushland.