ProWest News – DBCA breaks government standards

WAFIC’s latest discovery has uncovered new levels of government mismanagement and confirms the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has a pre-determined outcome for its marine park planning, while using the influence of US-based Pew Charitable Trusts.

DBCA and the Environment Minister have now officially confirmed in WA’s Parliament that they will apply equal weighting to Pew’s pro-forma e-submissions, as they will local voices.

So, too bad if you live in a small WA regional town. You’re concerns will soon be crushed by Pew’s billion dollar global network of influencers, almost none of whom have actually been to WA.

The most unsavoury thing about this is that while the Environment Minister and DBCA use these tools and corrupted process to achieve their pre-determined outcomes, WA locals are being placed under enormous mental health pressures. Their families are in crisis, their futures uncertain and their businesses are suffering, as the banks and other lenders become resistant to lending into an industry that may very well disappear once the Environment Minister waves his mighty pen.

There is no scientific basis being employed into this process. The best source of science lies within the research teams at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), which is supposed to be an equal planning partner, but is being actively ignored by DBCA.

DPIRD’s science is being blocked from the process, in preference for Pew’s made-up percentages and sanctuary zone aspirations.

It beggars belief that a WA Government can treat its regional communities with such disregard.

You can read the full story in this edition of ProWest.