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In the next few decades Perth’s population is forecast to double, potentially making us Australia’s third largest city. So where will all the new people live? Greater Perth already stretches more than 120 kilometres, making us one of the world’s longest cities. Rural areas in East Wanneroo ( including Gnangara, Jandabup and Mariginiup) have been identified as “potential urban” by the State government planning agencies. The developers and the Minister for Planning are saying this gives certainty to landowners, but local residents who champion environmental values point say this rezoning will radically change the face of East Wanneroo’s superb Banksia woodlands, eliminate local species, destroy the rural amenity and spread more urban sprawl. They also raise questions about how consultations work: are they genuine community explorations, or just ticking boxes? (Image: E.PO')
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.