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Western Australia Set to Increase Biodiversity Protections

Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 (WA)

The Bill, which has been agreed at Second Reading in the Legislative Council, is intended to replace the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WA) to update the State’s framework approach to biodiversity protection through sustainable development. The Bill is said to be in alignment with national ecological principles in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).

Substantial financial penalties will be introduced individuals caught seriously impacting critically endangered species being issued a fine of up to $500,000 per offence, increasing from a maximum of $10,000 under the Wildlife Act. It also provides for a maximum penalty of $200,000 for an individual smuggling sandalwood and $1,000,000 where the offence is made by a corporation.

Read the Bill here.


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