Environment report highlights bushfire threat

Environment report highlights bushfire threat

3 July 2006

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The impact of bushfires and introduced animals have been identified as posing the most serious environmental threats to Western Australia’s north-west and Kimberley.

The warnings are contained in the draft State of Environment Report, one of the most influential documents guiding Government policy.

Staff from the Department of Environment will visit the north-west and Kimberley this month to brief communities on the report’s findings.

The department’s Karen Charlton says fire, in particular, is causing irreversible ecological change.

“Parts of the Kimberley are being burnt nearly every year, much more frequently than any other part of the state and that’s leading to pretty serious ecological changes and severe impacts on biodiversity in the region,” she said.

The public has until the end of September to comment on the report.


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